NSAA votes unanimously to make girls wrestling a sanctioned sport

Published: May. 19, 2021 at 9:26 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 9:35 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - On Wednesday, the NSAA Board of Directors voted 8-0 for sanctioning girls wrestling starting the 2021-2022 school year.

In May 2020, the NSAA Board of Directors added girls wrestling as an emerging sport, but not a sanctioned sport.

Girls wrestling was added as a winter sports season for the 2020 - 2021 NSAA calendar year. The plan allowed girls the option of participating in both their school’s boys and girls lineup during the regular season contests only.

This period was used to determine if numbers grew enough to support a girls vs girls only season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations participation numbers for girls wrestling grew from 16,562 in 2018 to 21,124 in 2019. That’s a 27.5 percent increase of 4,562 girls across the nation.

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