This has to be one of the most unusual God-and-sports stories in a long, long time.

On ESPN Sports Center, the anchors kept talking about the young wrestler in Iowa who made a “controversial” decision to default a key match in his quest to be a champion because — through the luck of the draw — this conservative preacher’s kid was faced with challenge of wrestling a girl. This story lit up sports blogs everywhere, which is no surprise. This is talk radio catnip.

But, controversial? I’m not sure that’s the right word.

I can say that because because Luke Meredith of the Associated Press — I assume from a local AP bureau — managed to cover this story with a since of fairness and gravity that acknowledged the dignity and grace of the young people and the parents on both sides. In a way, this was a story about dignity, not controversy.

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