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Wrestling With A Girl?

February 18, 2011

There have been quite a few articles in various papers re Freshman Cassy Herkelman of Iowa’s Cedar Falls High who won a wrestling match by default. She was to wrestle Joel Northrup, who is home schooled but competes for Linn-Mar (Marion) High. Joel would not wrestler her and, therefore,  she won by default. Joel said the following: “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and her accomplishments, however, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most of the high school sports in Iowa.”

Does anybody think that it is weird that they would allow a boy and girl to wrestle anyway? Enough of this nonsense. I have a huge amount of respect for Joel to say no and  release such a great statement. The fact that he has such convictions in this social time is wonderful. Apparently in most states, girls compete against boys in wrestling. Hawaii, California and Texas have girls-only state wrestling tournaments. What is wrong with this picture? The writers of various news articles have made a point of letting the readers know that the girls that do qualify have been at 103 or 112 pounds. As if that is a consolation that the lighter you are the more okay it may be? I’m not a chauvinist, quite the opposite as I do believe women are smarter and generally better at most things then men (fodder for another blog). But as Joel said wrestling is a combat sport. When did we stray from practicality and move towards stupidity…to make a point…to satisfy some families ego…or to make headlines?

At GAI (www.gunwel.com) we don’t play games. The reality is that numbers don’t lie. Our job is to take the numbers you give us and create exceptional tax returns, balance sheets and profit/loss statements. Along the way we hope to educate you on tax law and show you ways to save money. We won’t wrestle you but we will wrestle the IRS on your behalf. You work hard for your money, let Gunwel work smart to help you keep it. Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by and see us. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the wrestling issue. See you soon!

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