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Wrestler Joel Northup Refuses to Face Cassy Herkelman

Wrestler Joel Northup Refuses to Face Cassy Herkelman - Cassy Herkelman didn't get a chance to wrestle her opponent to the ground, but she made history anyway.

The Cedar Falls, Iowa, teen became the first girl ever to win the state wrestling match after her competitor forfeited rather than face a female opponent.

Joel Northrup, a high school sophomore who entered the tournament 35-4 and was favored to win, refused to face the 112-pound Cassy today.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and [Megan Black, the second girl who qualified] and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner," he said in a statement to reporters. "It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most other high school sports in Iowa."

Wrestler Joel Northup Refuses to Face Cassy Herkelman

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