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OZZ
17th February 11, 08:41 PM
I wonder if the boy really has religious beliefs that prevent him from wrestling a girl or if he was just afraid to get beaten by a girl on the largest stage in HS Wrestling ?
Girls and Boys shouldn't be facing one another on the mat anyways. I have competed and coached HS Wrestling and the girls always wrestled other girls. That is how it is done in the University Sports system as well up here..this is something the State of Iowa needs to change.
It would never happen in the Olympics, so it shouldn't happen anywhere.
Stupid.

FOX SPORTS NEWS:
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.


Who says they're not tough? These female athletes have proved they can beat up on the boys.

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."

There were several thousand fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, but many were watching other matches when the referee raised Herkelman's hand to signal her win. There was a smattering of cheers and boos from the crowd before Herkelman was whisked into the bowels of the arena.

Tournament organizers declined to make Herkelman available for questions. She entered the tournament with a 20-13 record and will wrestle Friday in the quarterfinals of the 112-pound weight class.

Her father, Bill Herkelman, told The Associated Press via text message that he understands and respects Northrup's decision.

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"It's nice to get the first win and have her be on the way to the medal round," Bill Herkelman wrote. "I sincerely respect the decision of the Northrup family especially since it was made on the biggest stage in wrestling. I have heard nothing but good things about the Northrup family and hope Joel does very well the remainder of the tourney."

Because he defaulted and didn't forfeit, Northrup was allowed to compete in the consolation rounds, and he won his first match later Thursday by major decision.

He was spared any chance of meeting up with Black, who also wrestles at 112 pounds and was 25-13 entering the tournament, when she was eliminated after being pinned in both of her matches. But it's possible Northrup and Herkelman could be matched again if both make the finals of the consolation bracket.

Northrup's father, Jamie Northrup, is a minister in the Believers in Grace Fellowship, an independent Pentecostal church in Marion that believes young men and women shouldn't touch in a "familiar way," said Bill Randles, the church's pastor.

"We believe in the elevation and respect of woman and we don't think that wrestling a woman is the right thing to do. Body slamming and takedowns, that full contact sport is not how to do that."

Randles said Joel has been involved in wrestling for many years, and he and his family have discussed before the possibility of girls getting involved in the sport.

"It's totally his choice. He's a young man now and he's worked hard to get where he's gotten. It's up to him, and it was his conviction" not to wrestle Herkelman.


Black said Northrup refused to wrestle her three years ago, and that she respects him for adhering to his beliefs.

"If it's his religion and he's strong in his religion, then I just respect that," Black said. "Obviously, everyone can be pointing fingers at him. He, at least, is true to his beliefs and you have to respect that. It takes a lot for a 15- or 16-year-old boy to do."

Marth Stetzel, a Perry mother whose two sons were taking part in the tournament, said she also didn't have a problem with Northrup's decision.

"We're really raising kids that are going to be bigger than wrestling, and if it's something that he believes strongly in - which is not necessarily what I would do - you've got to respect a kid like that," Stetzel said.

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.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, more than 6,000 girls competed in wrestling in 2009-10 - compared with nearly 275,000 boys. Though most states require girls to wrestle boys, California, Hawaii, Texas, Washington and Tennessee sponsor girls-only high school wrestling tournaments.

Conde Koma
17th February 11, 11:10 PM
huh, i didn't know that co-ed wrestling had become a thing. the fact that only five states segregate the genders is very surprising. maybe the rest of them know things we don't?

bob
17th February 11, 11:22 PM
I honestly thought this thread was going to be about Cracky.

WarPhalange
17th February 11, 11:39 PM
Boys and girls should have separate wrestling leagues? Why, exactly?

Ajamil
17th February 11, 11:50 PM
If the girl wants to, let her. Otherwise I don't fault the guy.

HappyOldGuy
18th February 11, 12:11 AM
It's a weird sport to make coed on all sorts of levels, so I'm guessing there probably aren't enough girls competing to make up their own league.

jvjim
18th February 11, 12:22 AM
Iowa is a cool place. In any other state people would either be after the boy for sexism or the girl's parents for not keeping her in her "place."

Post script: Iowa is incredibly boring, but I've never met more polite, God-fearing people outside the South.

bob
18th February 11, 01:59 AM
Isn't Matt Hughes from Iowa?

Harpy
18th February 11, 06:29 AM
He made a decision in a tough situation. The boy did it with grace and class, I applaud the kid.

I didn't realise they had a co-ed division, surprising and definitely unfair to the girls
and boys involved. Like the dojo, mixed training. At competition level, males and females should
have their own divisions. If a panel decides on mixed/open entry then it should be specified prior to a
tournament so competitors can make an informed choice.

Japuma
18th February 11, 08:30 AM
Isn't Matt Hughes from Iowa?

Most top level wrestlers in America come from or go to Iowa.

KO'd N DOA
18th February 11, 09:54 AM
This is the second time in his career that he bowed out of a fight with her.
Next time his dad, being a preacher should marry them off, removing that taboo so the boy slams her so hard they feel the vibrations in China.

OZZ
18th February 11, 11:47 AM
Boys and girls should have separate wrestling leagues? Why, exactly?

The same reason they have seperate Boxing leagues, hockey leagues and baseball leagues.

OZZ
18th February 11, 11:49 AM
Isn't Matt Hughes from Iowa?

Yes..its a State known for producing good wrestlers.

WarPhalange
18th February 11, 11:53 AM
The same reason they have seperate Boxing leagues, hockey leagues and baseball leagues.

So... no reason, you say?

OZZ
18th February 11, 11:57 AM
So... no reason, you say?

If you need an answer to that question - you are a moron. Or trolling.

Feryk
18th February 11, 12:06 PM
My son has rolled with girls - but only to give the girls practice as a tune up for Nationals. He was 14 and they were 17. They bent him into a pretzel and he loved every second of it. And yes, his hands ended up everywhere. He claims it was not intentional, but he couldn't stop grinning when he said it.

If they allow co-ed competitions, it will only be a matter of time before someone alleges sexual harrassment/assault charges.

Having said that, there are some badass women wrestlers out there.

OZZ
18th February 11, 12:20 PM
My son has rolled with girls - but only to give the girls practice as a tune up for Nationals. He was 14 and they were 17. They bent him into a pretzel and he loved every second of it. And yes, his hands ended up everywhere. He claims it was not intentional, but he couldn't stop grinning when he said it.

If they allow co-ed competitions, it will only be a matter of time before someone alleges sexual harrassment/assault charges.

Having said that, there are some badass women wrestlers out there.

When I was coaching I worked with a woman who was a National-Level competitior and often did drills with her. Hot body tooo..
But as far as her wrestling went, she was awesome. Way better than me from a techniocal standpoint. Just not strong enough to beat me.

Ajamil
18th February 11, 05:12 PM
Heard more about this on a local morning show. Apparently the boy went on to say he had no problem with her wrestling - in fact respected her for doing so and wished her the best - just that he would not wrestle her. Also, it's very likely the schools have no funding for separate leagues, and she's one of the only girls in the school to want to competitively wrestle, so with pressure the schools allowed her.

bob
18th February 11, 10:11 PM
How old are these kids? Girls play rugby with boys up until about age 12 here. The girls often kick everyone's arse too because they mature a bit earlier.

WarPhalange
18th February 11, 10:11 PM
If you need an answer to that question - you are a moron. Or trolling.

Pretend for a second that I'm a moron and humor me.

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