New Jersey to offer girls-only high school wrestling tournaments

About 130 female students competed in high school wrestling last year, and the state has taken notice.

Mike Dougherty
October 10, 2018 - 4:49 pm
New Jersey has added girls wrestling tournaments to its high school programs.

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — More female high school students are hitting the mat in New Jersey, so the state's school athletic association has officially added girls wrestling to this winter's lineup. 

The move to create the sport was approved unanimously Wednesday by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's (NJSIAA) Executive Committee.

About 130 female students competed in high school wrestling last year, according to the committee. That number was large enough to add girls-only tournaments to the 2019 school calendar.

"Gonna be eight weight classes and we're going to have two regions, a north region and south region," said NJSIAA Assistant Director Bill Bruno.

Bruno said the top three in each weight class from the regions will head to Atlantic City for the state finals. He's optimistic more girls will be interested in the sport because they now won't have to square off against boys, and they have the opportunity to be a state champion.

"We're hoping that energizes them to get involved and wrestle," he added.

About a dozen states offer wrestling for female students. New Jersey's program will use wrestling guidelines from Hawaii and California.