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Wrestler refuses to face girl on mat

Postby VanMan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:46 pm

This is slightly off topic, slightly on, because it involves a young woman (though 14 or 15) and spandex (being in wrestling). This happened today at the Iowa state wrestling tournament in Des Moines:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110217/ap_on_sp_ot/us_girl_wrestler_default

DES MOINES, Iowa – A standout Iowa high school wrestler refused to compete against a girl at the state tournament on Thursday, relinquishing any chance of becoming a champion because he says wrestling a girl would conflict with his religious beliefs.

Joel Northrup, a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 wrestling for Linn-Mar High School this season, praised his first-round opponent, Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman, and Ottumwa sophomore Megan Black, who became the first two girls to make the state wrestling tournament in its 85-year history.

But in a brief statement issued through his school, Northrup said he defaulted on his match with Herkelman because he doesn't think boys and girls should compete in the sport.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and Megan and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times," said Northrup. "As a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most other high school sports in Iowa."

Wrestling is extremely popular in Iowa, and Black and Herkelman are the first girls to qualify for the state tournament since it was first sanctioned by the Iowa High School Athletic Association in 1926.

I did a feature on Herkelman at the beginning of the season. You can find it here.
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Re: Wrestler refuses to face girl on mat

Postby JulietLove » Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:07 am

This helps me a great deal. Thank you.

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