Yesterday I read the interesting story of a high school wrestler, Joel Northrup, who forfeited his chance at a state title because he would have to wrestle a girl in order to advance. ESPN quotes Joel as saying, “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.”
I applaud Joel for standing up for his beliefs and not allowing sports to become more important than his principles. Even when I was in middle school, girls were allowed to join the guys wrestling team. If girls want to wrestle, they should form a wrestling team but girls wrestling guys is across the line in my opinion.
Maybe I’m too old fashioned, but I agree with Joel Northrup. He should be an example to children and teens of how to live with principles in the world of sport.