Reading the story of Joel Northrup, I had to applaud him for making a decision that was very hard for him. Joel, because of his religious convictions not to wrestle a girl due to inappropriate contact, decided to default the match.
Sometimes we read stories of “older” people making decisions like this. To have a young person stick to his convictions is admirable.
Joel said “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.”
People may not agree with his decision, but we have to give him credit for sticking with his convictions.
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