18 February 2011

Great Story about a Young Man with Principles

I heard this story on some local newscast, but read it first at Creative Minority Report.

Sounds like a great kid. The real story, which will not be reported, is the scandal of a state athletic association that allows teenage boys and girls to wrestle each other, and in fact forces them to or else they forfeit. In the video at the link below, one girl wrestler (not the one in the story) was asked if any guys ever "trash talked" or "groped" her. Her response, "Only one guy groped me." Oh, well, then. As long as it was only one. From CMR:

HS Wrestler Forfeits Rather Than Wrestle Girl

Because of his faith, state wrestling title contender Joel Northrup had to forfeit a match. It was either that, or
wrestle a girl.

CNN A high school wrestler in wrestling-crazy Iowa forfeited a tournament match Thursday after refusing to grapple with a female opponent.

"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," Joel Northrup said in a written statement, according to the Des Moines Register.

Northrup is home-schooled but wrestles as a 112-pound sophomore for Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. He was a state title contender with a 35-4 record, CNN affiliate KCRG-TV reported.

His erstwhile opponent, Cassy Herkelman of Cedar Falls, advanced by default at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena.
I don't have an issue if girls wish to compete head to head against boys in most sports, but wrestling is a different thing. It is a little too....ummm...physical.

Northrup, for his part, makes it clear that he respects these girls and their athletic accomplishments, but he cannot in good conscience wrestle a girl.

"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. ... It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most of the high school sports in Iowa."

Good boy. There are some things more important than wrestling.

14 comments:

thetimman said...

Oh, I didn't see at first-- the boy is HOMESCHOOLED. See, he doesn't know how the different sexes at the school socialize with each other.

Freak.

I retract my post.

Anonymous said...

Only one guy groped her? That's a joke. I wrestled. The sport requires groping, and nearly everything that is done would be horribly scandalous in a non-marital inter-sex context. There is literally no way around having your hand/arm right up in the crotch and generally rubbing all over the body. And that is just from the guy's perspective. Our little hussie is heading out there for a go around with a man in spandex -- a situation that requires a modest lady to avert her eyes with the way most wrestling uniforms are made. But that won't do her much good.

I think our hand-basket is starting to starting to catch fire...

Hieronymus

Jane Chantal said...

God bless this young man for refusing to participate in what is nothing less than sociopathy-by-committee, collective insanity masquerading as "fairness".

And the girl's father wants us to know that he bears the boy's strict family no ill will, and is sure it's not a boycott about his daughter's being a girl.

Oh, God HELP us!

Anonymous said...

I am stunned into admiration for this youngster. I would like to write and congratulate this young man for making what had to have been a difficult choice given the price he paid in the end. Of course I am not asking for the the boy's home address, but can anyone suggest a suitable entity/address to which letters of support could be sent and then forwarded to him?
Would the high school forward a letter to him; it's my impression he doesn't attend that school since he is home-schooled. Also, is his family Catholic?

Anonymous said...

I am stunned into admiration for this youngster. I would like to write and congratulate this young man for making what had to have been a difficult choice given the price he paid in the end. Of course I am not asking for the the boy's home address, but can anyone suggest a suitable entity/address to which letters of support could be sent and then forwarded to him?
Would the high school forward a letter to him; it's my impression he doesn't attend that school since he is home-schooled. Also, is his family Catholic?

Delena said...

I applaud this man for his courage to a.) forfeit (took a lot of hard work to get to the championship) b.) state WHY he was forfeiting (he actually mentioned his faith and morals!. I applaud his true respect for women.

It's sad how many women I've heard in the last couple of days say he only forfeited because he was scared he would be beat by a girl.


THOSE women are the types of women that killed chivalry.

StGuyFawkes said...

Just as large as the issue of implicitly indecent wrestling holds is the issue of applauding violence between the sexes.

Civilized people know that there is a well grounded taboo against celebrating the sight of a man humilating a woman by force.

Moreover, for other reasons there is a taboo against the sight of a woman physically humiliating a man.

The only reason relations between the sexes can be the festival of complimentarity that God and nature ordains, is that physical domination is abandoned as an option.

THere is too much rape and there is too much belittling of men for this match to do anything but strip the culture of what few safeguards against sexual barbarism exist.

Anonymous said...

God bless this boy. Good God, we're due for break. Please tell me that he is Catholic.

Long-Skirts said...

This same thing happened about 5 years ago when the St. Mary's High School's Football Team from St. Mary's, Kansas refused to play against a public high school because there was a girl on their Varsity Team.

St. Mary's is one of the many schools run by the SSPX and oh, my, was there an uproar. Of course our Priests and boys were called misogynists and worse.

I will pray for this boy as he did the right thing. Deo Gratias!

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear Long-Skirts,

Your example of the football team in Kansas illustrates my point: the issue is not always respect for the sexual person of women but respect for the fact that men and women have different relationships to physical violence and so different relationships to sports that are civilized forms of violence.

The boys on St. Mary's team could certainly have tackled or blocked the lady athlete from the public school without having to make of it a very intimate form of contact.

HOwever, I suspect that the SSPX led young men found it an offense against chivalry to block or tackle a lady, and worse a pretext to see women as no different than men, which leads, as we know to other problems.

I have to say bravo to those St. Mary's men.

Now here is an interesting thought question. Should we object if women and men compete in fencing? I would say no because there is no presumed advantage for men, and in fact ladies may have an advantage in agility. Take it a step further, What if the sport were dueling with sabers. I'd have to say I'd say no to that although a lot would depend on factors I don't understand having never drawn a sword.

I don't think there should be a problem if men and women compete in pistol shooting.

I think the issue is that Christianity created a zone of relative equality between women and men which removed women from the chattel state found in most barbaric societies. Our wish is to not slip back into barbarism.

St. Guy

Anonymous said...

I would like to write this boy's parents to congratulate them. Anybody got any contact information?

Jane Chantal said...

Did some quick research online; Joel Northrup's father, Jamie Northrup, is apparently affiliated with a church called Believers in Grace Fellowship (mistakenly referred to in some news articles as "Believers in Faith Church"). Would imagine that letters of support for Joel can be sent there:

8600 C Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

Hockey Mom said...

And just why would ANY girl be allowed on a boy's wrestling team?! I am sick and tired of girls shoving their way onto boys sports teams. If a boy wanted to join a girl's team he would not only be laughed at, but refused entrance.

My boys play hockey and they absolutely hate that they have girls on their teams. (there are girls teams available) These girls look out of place and as they get older are no match for the boys. Not to mention when the checking begins, the gentlemen like my son, avoid them, refusing to check them, so they have an unfair advantage.

They even allow the girls in the boys' locker rooms up until about age ten, which is humiliating to the boys as they are forced to change in front of them.

Let's bring back the old-fashioned but wise belief that girls should act like ladies and show pride in being feminine.

Anonymous said...

Exactly, Hockey Mom! I read somewhere that the father of the girl whom this heroic lad refused to wrestle bears the lad no ill will! PARDON ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?
It's the father of the lad who should be holding ill will against the girl (and her father) for exercising such terrible judgment that wrecked his son's chances to do well in the championships by putting him into this untenable position. Contact sports are not co-ed activities in civilized societies. This situation, of of course, is brought to you by the same covey of people who brought you abortion: the feminists, including a legion of Catholic nuns in lay clothes!