High school wrestling...

On the occasion of my nephew, Nathan, winning his regional match and going to state, this article from--where else?--the New York Times on the increase in young women wrestling young men in high school wrestling tournaments.

Anyhow, congratulations Nathan! But if you're assigned a female opponent at state, I'll trust you to forfeit.

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Greetings Tim
My son Jacob was on the wrestling team at his high school this year. He wrestles 215 wt. We have 4 girls on the team, however they never wrestle the boys. Most of the teams in this area have as many girls on their team as boys,ours not being one of them. Girls and boys wrestling eachother would not "fly"round here.

Let me get this straight; we have massive problems with domestic violence, and we're encouraging boys and girls to "go at it" in wrestling?

Sigh.

This is a wake up call! This is another example of men refusing to be men, so someone has to fill the role. It stands to reason that the masculinated (?) women would adapt men's sports as well. This exemplifies how great the need is for men to stand up and be what God made us to be so that women can be what God made them to be.

Gandalf,
From what I have seen on our wrestling team, these guys haven't given up any of their manhood.The girls like the sport like they like basketball,track, baseball etc. I see nothing wrong with it.

Wrestling is a fantastic sport that rewards both strength, finesse, and mental toughness. It would be a pity if girls did not have the opportunity to participate. That said, I was never a big fan of co-ed wrestling because the bodily contact is simply too intimate. It doesn't seem fair to ask young people to engage in that kind of contact with members of the opposite sex. If my daughter were to express an interest in wrestling, I am confident that I coudl round up other interested girls and set up a girls' league.

I have less sympathy for the arguments that co-ed wrestling could encourage domestic violence or that it is discouraging to boys to compete against a girl. First, I expect that boys are capable of distinguishing between domestic violence and a wrestling competition. Second, I think that the difficulties of competing against a girl are part of the nature of being a boy. I used to race boys and I often won -- and sure, many of them felt that losing to me was humiliating and beating me didn't count. But that is part of what you have to cope with if you are born with inherently greater physical strength because of your sex, just as I had to cope with the fact that no matter how hard I trained I was not going to beat the fastest boy. I have faith that kids can handle the facts of life. Plus, as I always told my male opponents, a win is a win is a win. If you beat me, that means you have greater physical gifts than I do and that you cultivated them sufficiently to defeat me. That IS something to be proud of.

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