High Schooler Chooses To Forfeit State Wrestling Match

High Schooler Chooses To Forfeit State Wrestling Match

March 11, 2019 0 By NewsTakers


Courtesy of Delfino Rodriguez
When high school senior and wrestler Brendan Johnston realized he had to face Jaslynn Gallegos, a high school senior, and Angel Rios, a high school junior, in last month’s Colorado state wrestling championship, he knew his shot at a state title was over.
Johnston refused to compete against Rios and Gallegos because they are both girls.
Gallegos went on to place fifth in that tournament, and Rios was fourth — marking the first time girls have placed at a Colorado state wrestling tournament.
“I just want to be this wrestler, and my gender is holding me back.”
Jaslynn Gallegos (left) stands after winning a match at Colorado’s state wrestling championship.
Jaslynn Gallegos (left) stands after winning a match at Colorado’s state wrestling championship.
In February 2018, the Colorado High School Activities Association approved girls wrestling for pilot seasons, which is the first step toward officially sanctioning the sport within the state.
Since girls wrestling is not a sanctioned sport in Colorado, girls have the right to participate alongside boys at the state tournament.
When Gallegos steps up to the mat, her eyes are trained on her opponent.
“It’s wrestling, and I think we all understand that it’s a very physical sport.

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