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NSAA to sanction girls' wrestling

February 26, 2019

 

By Brithany Cervantes

 

            This year, 144 girls joined girls wrestling in Nebraska. Girls’ wrestling has come a long way since its introduction three years ago.

West Point-Beemer, started off with only 7 girls on the team, and later grew to 11 last year, and this year the Cadets boast a record high of 22 girls.

            Three years ago, a meeting was held in the health room informing girls that a wrestling team was in the works. Head coach Ray Maxwell hoped WPBHS would be the school to start a quality program, and they were.

            Since that day, the Lady Cadet wrestlers have led the state by being the largest team and winning every tournament in which they were entered. Maxwell has talked to the NSAA board about sanctioning girls’ wrestling.

The NSAA said, at that time, that in the future ahead, girls’ wrestling would be considered an official sport in the NSAA with their own state tournament. The future is now!

After many firsts, such as the first all-girls’ tournament, the all-girls’ dual, and the rapid-growing numbers and interest, sanctioning girls’ wrestling might come quicker than originally expected.

            To sanction the sport, first a proposal must be passed. If a proposal passes in one district, then the vote was moved to all districts. In November 2018, a proposal was given to 3 of the 6 districts, and the 3 districts passed it.

Because the proposal passed, on January 9, 2019, the six districts voted if they were in favor of sanctioning girls’ wrestling.

The votes had to pass in at least 3 of the 6 districts to be sent to a representative assembly in April. Four of the six districts voted in favor of sanctioning girls’ wrestling. Even the largest district, District II located in Omaha, voted in favor.

This April, the representative assembly will be held. If the voting passes, girls wrestling will become a sport next year.

Our district representative plans on voting for girls’ wrestling. If it passes, Maxwell will be contacted to plan out how the season will go.

           

           

           

 

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