High School Wrestler Forfeits State Tournament, Ends His Career After Seeing His Opponent

Colorado wrestler Brendan Johnston’s decision to forfeit two state tournament matches against female opponents has ignited debate over sports, gender, and personal beliefs.

The 18-year-old cited his Christian faith and discomfort with the physicality of wrestling against women.

Despite never facing a female opponent in his wrestling career, Johnston’s decision emphasized his respect for the dedication of female wrestlers.

His opponents, Jaslynn Gallegos and Angel Rios, who made history at the tournament, expressed understanding and respect for his choice. The incident highlights the need for nuanced discussions on gender and sports, respecting individual beliefs while addressing challenges in athletic competition.

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