I heard this story on some local newscast, but read it first at Creative Minority Report.
Sounds like a great kid. The real story, which will not be reported, is the scandal of a state athletic association that allows teenage boys and girls to wrestle each other, and in fact forces them to or else they forfeit. In the video at the link below, one girl wrestler (not the one in the story) was asked if any guys ever “trash talked” or “groped” her. Her response, “Only one guy groped me.” Oh, well, then. As long as it was only one. From CMR:
HS Wrestler Forfeits Rather Than Wrestle Girl
Because of his faith, state wrestling title contender Joel Northrup had to forfeit a match. It was either that, or wrestle a girl.
CNN A high school wrestler in wrestling-crazy Iowa forfeited a tournament match Thursday after refusing to grapple with a female opponent.
“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,” Joel Northrup said in a written statement, according to the Des Moines Register.
Northrup is home-schooled but wrestles as a 112-pound sophomore for Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. He was a state title contender with a 35-4 record, CNN affiliate KCRG-TV reported.
His erstwhile opponent, Cassy Herkelman of Cedar Falls, advanced by default at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena.
I don’t have an issue if girls wish to compete head to head against boys in most sports, but wrestling is a different thing. It is a little too….ummm…physical.
Northrup, for his part, makes it clear that he respects these girls and their athletic accomplishments, but he cannot in good conscience wrestle a girl.
“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. … It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most of the high school sports in Iowa.”
Good boy. There are some things more important than wrestling.