The Cedar Falls, Iowa, teen became the first girl ever to win the state wrestling match after her competitor forfeited rather than face a female opponent.
Joel Northrup, a high school sophomore who entered the tournament 35-4 and was favored to win, refused to face the 112-pound Cassy today.
So Cassy, a freshman who was one of two girls ever to qualify for the first-round state match, won the match by default. When her arm was raised in victory today by the referee, cheers and boos could be heard in the audience, according to The Associated Press.
Joel's father, Jamie Northrup, said deciding to forfeit the match was a hard choice.
"We spent a couple of days agonizing over this," Jamie Northrup told the Des Moines-Register today. "And just giving to Joel to really allow him to make the decision."
Joel is home-schooled but wrestles for the Linn-Mar High School in Marion. Scott Mahmens, the school's athletic director, said the teen wouldn't receive any punishment from his coaches.
Cassy, who entered the tournament 20-13, was not available for comment today. A phone number repeatedly rang busy at her family's home in Iowa.
Her father, however, sent a text message to the AP today in which he said he held no ill will toward Joel or his family.
"It's nice to get the first win and have her be on the way to the medal round," Bill Herkelman wrote. "I sincerely respect the decision of the Northrup family especially since it was made on the biggest stage in wrestling. I have heard nothing but good things about the Northrup family and hope Joel does very well the remainder of the tourney."
Megan Black, the second girl ever to qualify for the match, lost both her matches today and is out of the tournament.