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    Northrup was being true to himself by not wrestling a girl. It is against his beliefs to do so. IMO he is not imposing his beliefs on anyone else. The other guys wrestled her. The only person to make a sacrifice in this situation is him and he was okay with that. And apparantly she was too. The two kids involved acted with more class than most adults have about this, expecially that Rick Rilley character. What a blow hard.

    I would love to see Iowa offer womens wrestling, but if they don't I have no problem with girls wrestling with the boys. I'm sure the guys feel a little awkward wrestling the girls, but I think they get over it pretty quick once the whistle blows.
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    I take a jui jitsu class and I'm pretty used to wrestling guys that are a lot younger than me and often are service men from the local air base. A while back I got paired up with a young woman. Being older, I was a little taken aback by this, but on go, I pretty well forgot about her gender. She came after me with everything she had. Although her upper-body was not particularly muscular, she had powerful legs and she knew how to position herself very well. I'm smaller - about 145 pounds - and I would bet she was close to my weight. Still, it was a close match. My point is that she was there to learn and to compete, and I think I would have offended her had I said that I did not feel right wrestling her. I am not knocking what Joel Northrup did. He has his convictions and he stuck to them - a wonderful thing in a young man in this day and age (especially considering the fact that it cost him a chance at a state championship - something I assume he had pursued for a long time in his life). What I am saying is that women and men can compete in wrestling without any problems as long as everyone conducts themselves with the same sportsmen-like behavior that we expect out of athletes - young or old. Joel's decision is interesting because it calls into play a variety of concerns: can a man wrestle a woman and hold onto his masculinity? Should our religious beliefs trump our desire for sports acclaim? I think the answers to both questions are: yes.

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    I listen to a local sports radio program here in Iowa everyday and a great question was raised on that show...

    ...assuming that this kid, Northrup, was on opposite ends of the bracket with her, and both somehow met up in the finals, would he have defaulted?
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    I want to say that "yes," he would have. But I would also point out that the question is framed in such a way as to question his conviction. I don't think that's fair to Northrup. He's a kid. He made his decision. Let's accept that he did what he thought was right at that particular moment in time. Will he regret it later? I hope not.

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    I would like to think he would have, too. By the way, did he end up placing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by german663 View Post
    I want to say that "yes," he would have. But I would also point out that the question is framed in such a way as to question his conviction. I don't think that's fair to Northrup. He's a kid. He made his decision. Let's accept that he did what he thought was right at that particular moment in time. Will he regret it later? I hope not.
    I only stated the question word for word from the show.

    For the record, I'm in support of his decision, and the girl's right to wrestle in the tournament.

    No one will ever find me questioning peoples' religious convictions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I would like to think he would have, too. By the way, did he end up placing?
    No, he won one more match, and then lost out.
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    Where in his scriptures does it say he can't wrestle her? What scripture?
    He is prejudiced and sexist and as such does not deserve the chance at a state title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzyzx View Post
    Where in his scriptures does it say he can't wrestle her? What scripture?
    He is prejudiced and sexist and as such does not deserve the chance at a state title.
    In fairness, from what I've read I think he's following the perhaps erroneous teachings of his minister and his parents.
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