STEVENS POINT, Wis. (6-24-20) – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control reviewed and acted on coaches committee recommendations impacting winter sports–including the addition of an individual State Tournament Series for girls wrestling in 2022.
A much-discussed coaches’ recommendation to add a girls division to the State Tournament Series in wrestling was amended to conduct a girls-only individual tournament in 2021-22. Girls and boys will be permitted to wrestle each other during the regular season, but the Tournament Series will be gender exclusive.
Less then two weeks ago the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) added a State Wrestling Tournament in 2021-22.
Ohio could be the next in line to add a girls State Wrestling Tournament. A task force announced on June 3rd in a push to get girls wresting as a sanctioned sport by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).
According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey the number of female wrestlers increased by almost 5,000 participants in 2018-19, as 21,124 girls competed in 2,890 schools.
At least 15 states have separate state wrestling tournaments for girls, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Nebraska added a championship for the 2019-20 school year.