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High School Must Apologize To Girl Wrestler

June 25, 1986

SEATTLE (AP) _ A high school that refused to allow a member of a visiting varsity team to wrestle because the athlete was female has agreed to apologize and pay the young woman $500.

In a settlement proposed by the state Human Rights Commission, Marysville- Pil chuck High School must apologize to Carey Rosenow, its own students and to the student body of Vashon Island High School.

Ms. Rosenow, who pinned three opponents last season while a member of the Vashon High boys’ varsity wrestling team, was told she could not wrestle at a Marysville tournament because she was female.

Her team walked out and she filed a sex discrimination complaint with the commssion.

″Apparently we were in violation of the law,″ said Dean Farley, Marysville School District assistant superintendent. ″If that was so, we had to handle it. I don’t think it was ever our intention to discriminate.″

Ms. Rosenow, 17, finished in fourth place in her league with a 6-5 record.

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