Teen wrestler chooses to forfeit state tournaments because he has to wrestle a girl


When 18-year-old wrestler Brendan Johnston saw who he was matched up against in the state tournament, he immediately decided to withdraw.

Johnston who is a high school student at The Classical Academy in Colorado said that he would never compete against female wrestlers.

“There is something that I really do find problematic about the idea of wrestling with a girl, and a part of that does come from my faith and my belief,” he told The Washington Post.

“And a part of that does come from how I was raised to treat women as well as maybe from different experiences and things.”

Credit: Michael Ciaglo via the Denver Post

Johnston who is also a devout Christian attends the International Anglican Church in Colorado Springs.

He also explained that he was not comfortable with showing physical aggression towards women.

Credit: Michael Ciaglo via the Denver Post

He added that his decision was not because of gender bias but rather because women and men are built differently. “I don’t think that I am looking at them as not equal,” Johnston said.

“I am saying that they are women and that is different than being men because I do believe that men and women are different and we are made differently. But I still believe that women are of equal value to men. I don’t think that seeing men and women as different . . . (opposes) the idea of equality.”

Johnston’s decision to stick to his beliefs led to Angel Rios, his opponent to win the match.

Credit: Michael Ciaglo via the Denver Post

Nevertheless, Johnston said that he did not have any regrets for forfeiting because of his principles.

Credit: Michael Ciaglo via the Denver Post

“Even though it wasn’t exactly how I wanted things to go, it was a good way to end my high school career,” he said. “I would keep it all the same.”

Credit: CBN News 


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