If your girlfriend gets a little extra pissed at you this week for not holding the door or giving her a Dutch oven or sleeping with her sister, you can thank Joel Northrup for weakening the man line in the battle against supreme chick dominance. Northrup is a sophomore wrestler at Linn-Mar High in Iowa, and he recently lost his opening round match at the Iowa state tournament by forfeit… because he refused to wrestle a girl.
Cassy Herkelman is now the first girl to have ever won a match in Iowa state tournament history, thanks to Northrup’s inability to see through gender bias and treat her as a peer with respect. Or maybe someone was afraid to get a visit from the Boner Fairy.
So why, Yahoo!, did Northrup succumb to this camel
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and Megan [Black] and their accomplishments,” Northrup said in a statement given to the media following his official forfeit. “However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times.
“As a matter of conscience and 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.”
Damn, he’s got a good point. Only in Midwest high school wrestling can religion-induced chivalry interfere with the action. But when I played baseball growing up, anytime a girl joined a team we always tried our hardest to strike her out or hit line drives at her or see her boobs. To be fair, that last one may apply to my coed softball league.
Video of additional footage from the Iowa state high school wrestling tournament after the jump…
(Banner image minus the greatest Intercontinental Champion ever via the Des Moines Register)