You Go, Girl: Judge Rules Pa. Girl May Join Boys’ Wrestling Team

The teen had been prohibited from joining her school's team.

Written by Alison Smith

You go, girl: A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania seventh-grader can join her school’s all-male wrestling team.

The 14-year-old girl, Audrianna Beattie, recently moved to the Line Mountain School District, near Harrisburg, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Audrianna had wrestled at her old school in Iowa, but was prohibited from doing so once she moved to Pennsylvania. 

Among the reasons she was not permitted by the district to join the all-male team were concerns that boys should not be aggressive toward girls, and concerns that boys would be embarrassed if pinned by a girl, The Inquirer said.

U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann on Monday ruled that those reasons were unjustified, PennLive reported. Brann said in his ruling that Line Mountain could take no action that would interfere with Audrianna’s participation on the wrestling team.

Audrianna had been wrestling since the third grade, The Inquirer said.

What do you think about co-ed wrestling teams? Let us know in the comments below!

Louie January 19, 2014 at 10:12 AM
I've seen plenty of girls wrestle over the years and there's no problem with that. As far as "being aggressive toward girls" it's WRESTLING that's what it's supposed to be, DUH! Yes, it IS embarrassing for a girl to pin a guy, my son had that happen to him in the Greater Norristown Wrestling Club. The guy's are in a NO Win situation. If they beat the girl; well they were supposed to. If they lose they get some razzing from their teammates. Guys razz each other all the time. When my son was on J.V. at Norristown he was scheduled to wrestle a girl and was given the choice to wrestle her or not. He chose to wrestle her and won. However, many times a coach will forfeit the match which is a shame for the girl. If a girl wants to wrestle, she REALLY WANTS IT and by not allowing her to wrestle is a shame.
Jay January 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Sure, why not break down some more traditions? Let's have a judge chuck everything into trash. I think that it will be a sad day when boys and girls--and men and women--are completely interchangeable. We can't seem to keep anything the way it has been since the beginning of time. There was a nice and even celebrated difference between men and women. Now, not so much and it is a shame. Opening doors for women and embracing more traditional roles added a level of civility in our world. For gentle people-men and women--it showed respect. Soon, it seems, the courts will rule these actions to be hate crimes. Women, get ready to open your own doors and change your own tires in the rain!
Mailmam January 19, 2014 at 02:15 PM
So sad. We teach our young men to be respectful and appreciative of young women To honor them and treat them as though the may break, to be gentle with them. What a confusing message this is teaching them Now it has become okay to grab and throw to the mat and use all of their strength on them for the sake of a win. The young men who will be the winners here are the ones who refuse to wrestle against a young woman. Her parents are not teaching the write message here as well as any judge who would approve.
Jay January 19, 2014 at 09:34 PM
I knew a women whose Dad sued his township to allow her to play on the boy's baseball team. He threw lawyers, money and the media at the township to cause as much grief as he could. Long standing history, tradition, etc. was killed by a judge. She played for one season and then quit. Amazing how much people will do to dismantle things. She is now a 50 year old raging liberal who believes that anything to do with "traditional families" or "the American way" is racist or sexist or just plain wrong. I'm not saying that this is always the case, but when she shared that story with me, she beamed with pride and all I could think was "hmmm that explains why she is the way she is" Sad. Some people need to destroy things--often they use a judge. :(


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