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Pat Kilty
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« on: January 03, 2017, 02:04:44 PM »

http://mymmanews.com/11000-girls-high-school-wrestling/
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 11:52:20 PM »

This is great news.  Do you think our state will ever sanction girls wrestling?  and if so, realistically how far away are we from that happening?
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 06:36:04 PM »

The numbers aren't there yet, but it's an admirable goal for the future. In the small schools up here in the Northwoods at least, most girls are competing at some lighter weights and helping fill the rosters. Obviously Macey Kilty (in our sectional last year) was more a star than just a roster-filler, and it seems like every time we see Tomahawk at our tourney we have discussions about how awesome Alyssa Lampe was. But most of the girls, like a lot of the guys, help the team and the sport by having one less forfeit. It even helps opposing teams to have the slots filled as it means competition and a chance to learn as opposed to getting your hand raised for weighing in and correctly fastening your head gear.

I wonder what would happen with bigger schools (or small schools with loaded boys' rosters) if they had girls-only wrestling as part of a regular dual meet schedule. Make a mini-team with four slots or something. Some girls who don't want to wrestle guys might be willing to go out and face other girls. No extra cost to the schools really. Practice and travel with the boys. Plus, an awful lot of girls BB programs have huge numbers. Some of those guards who have to fight for playing time could find themselves with a spot on a girls' wrestling team. Plus, when they wrestle their parents and friends are coming to the meets and supporting the boys' team as well.

Wrestling tends to be a generational sport. Twenty years down the road those girls who wrestled would be added fans in the gym and more likely to have kids who wrestle. Anything we can do to encourage girls' programs strengthens the sport as a whole.
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