Should Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Indiana & Nebraska (etc.) add gals' high school wrestling?
The abovementioned states (and others) are increasingly making pushes to officially add girls' high school wrestling as an officially state-sanctioned sport. Progress reports regarding the abovementioned states are included below.
***Beginning with Virginia
, here are some catalysts for change who can hopefully make it happen (especially if given some encouragement):http://www.virginiawomenswrestling.com/support-virginia.html
Authors are listed here: http://nebula.wsimg.com/8fc322db4b7969a139a3be8572104c61?AccessKeyId=AC2EA2AA5F7BFD4D47AC&disposition=0&alloworigin=1
, Virginia Women’s Wrestling Operations and Logistics Director, Chesapeake VA, Tel. 808-343-7604
, VAWA Women’s Director and VAWA Women’s National Team Head Coach, Norfolk VA, Tel. 650-773-8294
, Culpeper High School Head Wrestling Coach, Culpeper, VA, Tel. 540-244-0835
, Ferrum College Head Women’s Wrestling Coach
, Ferrum, VA, Tel. 757-705-4586
[Ferrum College has Texans on its women's wrestling roster: http://www.ferrumpanthers.com/roster.aspx?path=w-wrestling&
Here are some of the key decision-makers at the official level in Virginia:http://www.vhsl.org/about.vhsl-staff
Stories and advice from Texas could very well boost the crusade and ultimately help add to the growing list of (fewer than ten) U.S. states that recognize gals' wrestling at the high school level.
***Meanwhile, how about Colorado
? A push is underway for 2017 to see if the demand is sufficient:http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/17228?
Update: Jan. '17:http://www.9news.com/sports/high-school/girls-changing-the-landscape-of-wrestling-in-colorado/386876889
***Interesting progress is brewing in Kansas
Voila: the first girls' h.s. state wrestling tourney in Kansas:http://www.thekansan.com/sports/20170210/newton-wrestler-to-compete-in-first-state-girls-tourney
***Progress is emerging in Indiana
The more U.S. states there are that eventually sanction gals’ h.s. wrestling, the more other states might join in, and the more likely that the NCAA will finally recognize women’s wrestling someday as an emerging sport (as this NCAA documentation details):http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/inclusion/ncaa-emerging-sports-women-process-guide http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/inclusion/emerging-sports-women
By the way, here's an alliance of activists who say they actively support these sorts of initiatives:http://www.wrestlelikeagirl.org/
Meanwhile here's a new resource:http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Women/High-School-Sanctioning-Resources