High school wrestler penalized a point for praying before match

It’s been a season-long tradition for Nicholas Fant to drop to one knee and offer a two-second prayer before his wrestling matches.

But on Tuesday, that two-second prayer got the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School student in trouble.

Fant was about to compete in the 220-pound class in the first round of the North Carolina playoffs. He jogged to the center of the mat, took and knee, prayed and was then cited by the referee.

The referee hit Fant with a stalling warning for delaying the match – a charge that cost the high school wrestler a point. The junior wrestler eventually lost the match.

Sam Hershey, the high school’s wrestling coach, was not happy with the call – and neither were fans.

He said he would not comment but would inquire about the spirit of the rule and its implementation. He said he wouldn’t report the official’s decision to the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

NCHSAA Commissioner David Whitfield told Fox News the referee made the right call.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Neiman

    The curtain of spiritual darkness descends upon America and the world. God MUST die, Christ must be criminalized and faith ridiculed that all men of evil may exercise their every lust without the damnable guilt and the condemnation by good men that hinders them now. Now the Spirit of Hell must reign over the souls of men and earth will be turned into an inferno, God’s Wrath will be their just recompense.

    Yes, this young man must not only suffer a penalty point, he deserves jail and even death for daring to take a moment to pray. Our Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves at warp speed.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Too bad he couldn’t pray during any of the hours before the match started, huh Old Pal?

      But if you think he should follow an anti Christ adjenda, well, that’s typical for you, our true Christ hating commenter.

      Matthew 6
      1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise
      ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

      2Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

      3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

      4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

      5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

      6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut
      thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

      • Neiman

        I love it when a child of hell and a Liar (you), as I am not your pal, quotes Scripture that he knows nothing about, a man (you) that has rejected Christ and His Salvation and dares quote Christ’s Words.

        You need to repent and seek Christ for forgiveness and salvation that you might see the Truth and stop, like your father Satan, misusing God’s Holy Word to deceive others into hell with you.

        I guess that is you dressed like a girl, as usual in your avatar?

        No crawl back into your filthy hole in hell, no one is interested in your lies.

        Oh, I forgot, still waiting for you to tell us all how your false god gets you into heaven without faith in Christ? Why are you so shy about your hellish religion?

        Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

        “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

        “Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?”

        Answer: You sat, “I’m basically a good person, so I’ll go to heaven.” “OK, so I do some bad things, but I do more good things, so I’ll go to heaven.” “God won’t send me to hell just because I don’t live by the Bible. Times have changed!” “Only really bad people like child molesters and murderers go to hell.”

        These are all common rationalizations, but the truth is that they are all lies. Satan [your father], the ruler of the world, plants these thoughts in our heads. He, and anyone who follows his ways, is an enemy of God (1Peter 5:8). Satan is a deceiver and often disguises himself as someone good (2 Corinthians 11:14), but he has control over all the minds that do not belong to God. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

        It is a lie to believe that God doesn’t care about small sins or that hell is reserved for “bad people.” All sin separates us from God, even a “little white lie.” Everyone has sinned, and no one is good enough to get to heaven on their own (Romans 3:23). Getting into heaven is not based on whether our good outweighs our bad; we will all lose out if that is the case. “And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6). We can do nothing good to earn our way to heaven (Titus 3:5).

        “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it” (Matthew 7:13). Even if everyone else is living a life of sin in a culture where trusting in God is not popular, God will not excuse it. “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 2:1-2).

        When God created the world, it was perfect and good. Then he made Adam and Eve and gave them their own free will, so they would have a choice whether to follow and obey God. But they were tempted by Satan to disobey God, and they sinned. This separated them (and everyone that came after them, including us) from being able to have a close relationship with God. He is perfect and holy and must judge sin. As sinners, we couldn’t reconcile ourselves to God on our own. So God made a way that we could be united with Him in heaven. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus was born to die for our sins so that we would not have to. Three days after His death, He rose from the grave (Romans 4:25), proving Himself victorious over death. He bridged the gap between God and man so that we may have a personal relationship with Him if we only believe.

        “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Most people believe in God, even Satan does. But to receive salvation, we must turn to God, form a personal relationship, turn away from our sins, and follow Him. We must trust in Jesus with everything we have and everything we do. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference” (Romans 3:22). The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Christ. Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

        Jesus is the only way of salvation because He is the only One who can pay our sin penalty (Romans 6:23). No other religion teaches the depth or seriousness of sin and its consequences. No other religion offers the infinite payment of sin that only Jesus Christ could provide. No other “religious founder” was God become man (John 1:1,14) – the only way an infinite debt could be paid. Jesus had to be God so that He could pay our debt. Jesus had to be man so He could die. Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ! “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          A bit wordy, dog, but thanks for proving my point.

          • Neiman

            But, you have rejected that salvation in Christ spoken of above, so what did you prove? At which juncture did I prove anything you wrote? Where are the details, where is the argument?

            Did you prove all public prayer is anti-Christ, if so Jesus prayed publicly as did His Disciples. They prayed not in closets while praying in the Synagogues. This was an admonition for the Jews and particularly the Pharisees that sought to be seen, NOT a banning of all prayer in public places, in the public square, by sincere men of faith.

            You are a fool, you claim victory and yet fail to state wherein I proved your point, at which juncture. This is liberalism, no proof is required when they speak it is so. You have rejected Jesus and His Salvation and you are not part of the family of God, but you are of the Synagogue of Satan.

          • Neiman

            I am not a dog, but you return like a dog to your anti-Christ vomit and lap it up like a rabid dog.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            22 minutes ago in reply to hannitized

            Whenever people have no basis for an argument, they engage
            in personal attacks!

          • Neiman

            That is not an argument, it is the response of a child. You NEVER respond directly to any argument, NEVER answer any questions directly and plainly, you are a most damnable liar and until you can argue a point – just shut your lying mouth – no one is interested in your lies.

            Oh, that copy/paste is a lie, it was not made 22 minutes ago and is completely absent any context. More lies child of hell?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Then why did you make it, Old Pal?

          • Neiman

            I am always amazed at how you constantly lie, how you never answer any questions and how you seem seem absolutely incapable of ever engaging in civil, rational debate of any issue. Thinking yourself wise, you are altogether a fool.

            Why did I make what? See that is how an intelligent person interested in truth replies, they explain what point they are trying to make and they don’t include lies, like your constant lie of calling me your pal because you have an unnatural, unclean, perverted sexual obsession with me.

  • WOOF

    In heaven athletic prayers are played on the Comedy Channel.
    “Yo, Archangel Gabriel, you gotta hear this one.”

    • Neiman

      You’ll never know!