Joel Northrup has come under criticism for his decision, being accused of being ignorant and sheltered because he’s homeschooled, but are his actions worthy of scoff or admiration? Even though two girls made the tournament in wrestling and were wrestling within their weight levels, it is extremely rare for high schools to combine girls and boys in contact sports. The reason, albeit politically incorrect, is fashioned in common sense.
Boys and girls have different body makeups. It’s not to say that one is “better” or that men are always stronger, but men typically have more muscle mass. Adding to the strength of boys, post-pubescent, is their center of gravity. Generally, woman’s center of gravity is lower – which gives men more strength in their upper body.
In my opinion, it’s wrong to have put this young man in such a position. Political correctness shouldn’t circumvent safety. Even the United States military doesn’t put women in situations of hand-to-hand combat. It’s not because people are “mean” or “ignorant” or that society wants to keep women down, it’s because, physically, we’re different. Our anatomy is different and if that offends anyone, it’s anyone’s guess as to who that complaint should be filed with.
The right thing for that girl to do would have been to drop out. In this case, there is no honor in winning by default. The girls should have fought each other.