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Instead Of Wrestling A Girl, High Schooler Chooses To Forfeit State Wrestling Match

Brendan Johnston refused to compete against Jaslynn Gallegos because of her gender. Gallegos went on to place fifth but is frustrated to be treated differently as an athlete because she's a girl.
Jaslynn Gallegos settles into her wrestling stance. Source: 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 women.

Gallegos went on to place fifth place in that tournament and Rios was fourth — marking the

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