Wrestler forfeits state tournament matches against girls


This story has gone viral and has created quite a lot of controversy. A wrestler by the named of Brendan Johnston had the chance to place in third if he wrestled a girl by the name of Angel Rios. Instead, he opted to forfeit the match and put another loss on his record.

Johnston talked to the Denver Post about the reasoning behind backing out out of that third place match:

“I’m not really comfortable with a couple of things with wrestling a girl. “The physical contact, there’s a lot of it in wrestling.”
And I guess the physical aggression, too. I don't want to treat a young lady like that on the mat or off the mat. And not to disrespect the heart or the effort that she's put in. That's not what I wanted to do either."
This young teen also said that his decision was down to his religious and personal beliefs.
Of course being the age of social media, some people ridiculed this kid for not fighting saying that it wasn't right for him to do that, and it was dismissive for the young girl that did everything right and deserved to have a fight. What's your take?


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