A High-school male student forfeits after he was next to face a female wrestler.
During the Colorado state wrestling tournament on Saturday, Brendan Johnston had an opportunity to place among with winners of the tournament.
He forfeited the match because he had to face a girl.
Brendan’s third opponent was Angel Rios in the 106 pound consolation bracket.
Angel Rios had beaten her last 2 male opponents.
Brendan said that he was “not really comfortable” taking on a girl.
Johnston told the Denver Post:
“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.
He continued to say:
“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 want to do, either.”
According to the Denvor Post, Johnston won 37 of his 43 matches during his senior year at The Classical Academy. Five of those six losses were due to forfeit, and four of those forfeits came against Angel Rios.
He continued to tell the reporters,
“Wrestling is something we do, it’s not who we are, and there are more important things to me than my wrestling. And I’m willing to have those priorities.”
Rios won 23 of her 26 matches, and finished her wrestling season successfully.
Jaslynn Gallegos also beat her male opponents. The two girls made history as the first female wrestlers to place at state wrestling.