Cassy Herkelman Becomes First Girl to Win an Iowa State High School Wrestling Match

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Cedar Falls High School freshman Cassy Herkelman made history by becoming the first girl to ever win a match in an Iowa state high school wrestling tournament. However, she won by default.

Cassy's opponent, sophomore Joel Northrup, forfeited his match by not showing up, reports CBS. Although he says he respects the female wrestler and her accomplishments, he doesn't think girls and boys should compete in the same sport.
"...Wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times," 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."

Cassy wasn't the only girl in the mix, though. Ottumwa High sophomore Megan Black was also participating, marking the first time women have competeed in the 85-year-old tournament.

Cassy went down in the history books for winning her match against Joel, but after advancing to the Class 3A 112-pound quarterfinals on Friday, she lost her match to Indianola native Matt Victor (pictured).

What do you think? Should girls be allowed to compete in predominantly male sports? Do you back Joel for forfeiting his match for religious reasons? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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