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Cassy Herkelman wins her first round match by default when Joel Northrup refuses to wrestle her

The Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament is going on in Des Moines this week. This year, 2 female wrestlers qualified for state. In most years this is an opportunity for the athletes to prove themselves and showcase their talents based on what they can do on the mats, not because of their gender. One wrestler, however, has decided to make a statement based on his religion.

112-pound sophomore Joel Northrup of Linn-Mar of Marion, ranked #4 in the state of Iowa, refused to wrestle freshman Cassy Herkelman of Cedar Falls because he didn’t want to compete against a girl.

More on the Iowa wrestling scandal after the jump >>