Saturday, February 19, 2011

Male Teen Refuses to Wrestle Girl Due to Faith; His Church Forbids Contact of Opposite Sex Teens

A high school wrestler in Iowa has refused to compete against a female opponent due to his Christian beliefs, the Christian Post website reports today (February 19, 2011).

Upon hearing that the match would be with a girl in the state tournament, Joel Northrup decided to lose by default rather than compete against Casey Herkelman.

The boy's father is a minister at Believers in Grace Fellowship -- an independent Pentecostal church in Marion, Iowa.

The church believes that teens of opposite sex should not compete in physical contact with each other in a "familiar way," according to the church's pastor.

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