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Posted February 23, 2011
WATCH: Joel Northrup speaks about his state wrestling default

Joel Northrup (left) and his father, Jamie, are interviewed on CNN's "American Morning" today.

MARION – Linn-Mar’s Joel Northrup spoke Wednesday morning about his decision to never wrestle a female opponent. Northrup talked to various national media, including CNN’s “American Morning,” about why he made the decision not to compete in his first round match of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 3A state wrestling tournament against Cassy Herkelman of Cedar Falls.

Herkelman, the first female state qualifier, became the first female to win a match at the state tournament as well, when she received the default at 112 pounds.

“Wrestling is a combat sport,” Northrup said on “American Morning” via satellite feed from Cedar Rapids accompsnied by his father, Jamie. “At times it gets violent and you get put in moves and holds that are compromising.

“I just don’t believe it’s right a boy and a girl should, in this manner, wrestle.”

Northrup said he isn’t against females being involved in the sport. Participation between genders is what he doesn’t favor.

“Of all sports, wrestling especially, I don’t think it should be a co-ed sport,” Northrup said. “I believe if girls want to wrestle they should wrestle other girls, and that boys, if they do wrestle, wrestle other boys.”

Northrup’s father, Jamie, said the decision was up to Joel, and that he believed to be the proper action. It’s consistent with one of his long-time views.

“It’s something Joel has stood by for quite a few years now,” Jamie Northrup said. “We gave him the opportunity and said Joel do what you feel is right. Do what you feel is the right choice to make at this particular situation and he certainly made his own decision.”

Herkelman lost her next two matches after that default. Northrup, ranked fifth who was third at 103 pounds last year, won his first consolation match before being eliminated.

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16 Responses to WATCH: Joel Northrup speaks about his state wrestling default

  1. I would make sure that I had a girl weigh in for any Linn Mar dual. Get an easy 6 points where Linn Mar would have gotten an easy 6 points.

  2. Or they would bump up their 103 pounder who a stud and have them pin the girl!

  3. Yeah they’ve done it before when they wrestled CF they moved Allijah up to 112

  4. Time for this kid to wake up and realize this is the 21th Century.He – hopefully – will grow up and apply for jobs that other people (maybe a girl) would want. Would he decide to default again? Life is rough and you have to make a living kid! My advice: fight for what you want!

  5. I applaud Joel in standing up for what he believes in.

  6. In response to J Zacaries (or is that Joe Crazines)I hope Joel’s career path doesn’t take him to a job that forces him into a position where he might find his hand and/or arm in a woman’s crotch. In fact I hope Cassy’s career path doesn’t find her in the position of having a man’s arm or hand in her crotch. When are people going to wake up and realize that it doesn’t matter what year it is or what moral values society has lost and just do the right thing?

  7. The sad thing here is that most of the people responding have no idea at all what is going on. I wrestled, did track, and played FB in HS. I know that wrestling is the most difficult and demanding sport of the three. The important issue here should be that if girls really want to wrestle, then there should be a girls class. If there are 3 classes for boys wrestling, to keep things somewhat fair, then why ever make girls wrestle boys if they want to compete. It’s simply not fair to the girls. In my opinion, this whole thing has been blown out of proportion by the media.

  8. My take on this subject is that most comments are not based on any wrestling experience. I wrestled, did track, and played FB in HS. I believe that wrestling was the most difficult and hardest of these 3 sports and that there should be a seperate class for girls to give them a real chance to compete. We have 3 classes for boys in IA to keep it fair, so wy not dive the girls a fair chance?

  9. This kid is a loser and his dad is a clown.

  10. It’s not the kid, it is his father who is the freak. The kid is just a chicken. To all that think Cassey should have wrestled in a girls class: she beat a lot of boys on the way to the state tournament.

  11. LINN MAR DID MOVE THEIR 103 POUNDER UP AND PINNED HER EARLIER IN THE YEAR FOR ALL YOU CLOWNS. CAN A BOY PLAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SINCE THEIR IS NO BOYS VOLLEYBALL???? THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS. DO YOU SERIOUSLY THINK A FEMALE CAN ENDURE A WRESTLING MATCH WITH A STATE QUALITY MALE??!! ARE THEIR ANY COLLEGE GIRL WRESTLERS?? WHY IS IT SEPARATE IN THE OLYMPICS???? ENOUGH BS. I HAVE GIRLS AND BOYS IN MY FAMILY. NO WAY I WOULD WANT MY DAUGHTER TOUCHED THAT WAY. OTHER STATES HAVE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WRESTLING AND FAIR IS FAIR. WHEN A BOY CAN PLAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, THEN I WILL SAY YES BRING IT ON AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY!!!

  12. Joel and his dad Jamie did an outstanding job considering the issues they face concerning this event. (how many of us have spoken for the camera’s?) What people keep forgetting is the elephant in the room. The big issue is that we have an increasing number of girls that want to act like boys in every sense of the word. So many are growing up with out the sense that someone is out there to protect them so they have to learn how to protect themselves. This is happening through out society. Cassie is a wonderful, intellegent young lady, but possibly misguided. Did you catch that her dad called her his son? Joel was out there to treat her with respect, to protect her, even from her own ambitions. A person’s worth is not based on what they do or what title they acquire, our worth innate in that we were created by a Heavenly Father. It’s the same unconditional love that is meant to exist between parent and child. Our society has messed it up and now pushes our kids out to extrordinary measures to prove that they are tough, worthy of attention, little idols if you will. No, this issue is bigger than either of these kids can tackle.

  13. Good for young Mr. Northrup. Way to stand up for your beliefs.

    And I have a new found respect for Coach Streicher and the Linn-Mar team. I hope Prairie still beats them next year too, but I support those Lions when they go to State Duals.

    Myself? I would say the girl was just another opponent- let ‘er rip. So, I disagree, but I can RESPECT it when a teenager holds themselves accountable to a higher calling.

    Seems to me that the Northrup fellas would be too kind and compassionate to address some of you idiots who are calling them names.

    But you are showing your disrespect, lack of simple knowledge, and cowardice when you call them a ‘clown’ or ‘afraid.’ Take a good hard look in the mirror– what kind of human being are you??

    What happened to “it’s only a game??”

    And do you think the Iowa girl’s state wrestling meet will let guys wrestle? http://www.usgwa.com/

  14. For all those who don’t agree with Joel. When you get patted down at the airport, do you want a male patting down a female? That’s Joel’s whole point.

  15. Joel, I back you 100% in your decision. You made the right one. Boys have no business wrestling girls. They need to be separate sports.

    Dad, you should be very proud of your son and the mature decision he made.

  16. I commend this young man for his honorable and Biblical conduct. There was a time when men in general made decisions based on principle. I'm afraid that most males in today's society make decisions based on expediency. May more young men like Mr. Northrup demonstrate this kind of character.

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