DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa high school wrestler who was one of the favorites to win his weight class defaulted on his first-round state tournament match rather than face one of the first girls to ever qualify for the event. 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. Wrestling is hugely popular in Iowa, and this is the first time girls have qualified for the state tournament, which began in 1926.
Typical home schooled freakshow nutbag. Seriously has there ever been a normal home schooled person in the history of earth? I doubt it. Kid probably doesn’t even realize they already covered this very topic on Saved By the Bell. Bottom line is chicks have the right to play men’s sports if they are good enough. This girl won her way into the tournament fair and square just like if she had a 90mph fastball she’d play varsity baseball. No difference. So cut the shit with your faith mumbo jumbo and butt drag the fuck out her. That’s what I’d do.