US Muslim wrestler wins beard fight

A New York Muslim student has won a worthy fight after being granted the right to wrestle while wearing beard, a decision which overturned an earlier ban which denied him the chance to compete for a full season tournament.

“We were just looking for reasonable accommodations for a practicing Muslim,” Mustafa McBryde, a former high school and collegiate wrestler for University of Buffalo, told The Buffalo News on Sunday, May 4.

“A lot of Muslims, we just bend to these sorts of things, primarily because we’re not aware of our rights.”

McBryde, a 17-year-old Muslim junior wrestler, has won the fight against the university rules that bar bearded wrestlers from competing in tournaments.

According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules, all competing wrestlers must be “clean shaven.”

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