Posted By Jennie Chancey on February 18, 2011
It seems to me this would be a no-brainer in a world where rational, thinking, moral people oppose violence against women. But, somehow, if it’s a “sport,” we’re supposed to let our boys tackle/pin/etc. young women and desensitize themselves (and ourselves) to such violence. I can only shake my head. Good for Joel Northrup. He is taking a stand all men should.
Joel Northup, a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 wrestling for Linn-Mar High this season, said in a statement that he doesn’t feel it would be right for him to wrestle Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman. Herkelman, who was 20-13 entering the tournament, and fellow 112-pounder Ottumwa sophomore Megan Black, who was 25-13, made history by being the first girls to qualify for the state tournament. Black was pinned quickly in her opening round match.
“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,” wrote Northup. “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.”
Read the entire piece HERE.