The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Board of Directors voted unanimously to sanction women’s wrestling as the organization’s 11th sport. The vote was taken at the January 12 IGHSAU board meeting and was announced before the championship round of the IWCOA Girls State Wrestling Tournament began Saturday in Coralville. The first IGHSAU-sanctioned season will take place in the 2022-23 school year.
“We believe there is a great foundation in place for the success of the sport and we intend to fully support these Iowa girls as they continue their pursuit of championships,” the executive director said. of the IGHSAU, Jean Berger. “As the sanctioning process unfolded, the board was able to quickly approve this new opportunity for our girls and schools across the state. the willingness of our schools to engage in sport all factored into this decision.
IGHSAU intends to follow the wrestling rules and guidelines of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Next steps in this process include meeting this winter with an appointed IGHSAU wrestling advisory committee to finalize details for this year’s rollout, including season format, classification system, weight classes and playoff details. playoffs / tournaments.
“The journey to sanction girls’ wrestling as a sport for IGHSAU has been a labor of love,” said Erin Kirtley, IGHSAU Associate Director and Wrestling Administrator. “I am honored to have been given the position of catalyst to get this part of the process done for the girls of our state. Although we have closed the book on formal sanctions, we look forward to opening the next one now as we shine a light on all the great stories our female wrestlers continue to write. IGHSAU has stated from the beginning that our intention is to do what is best for the girls who participate. We look forward to providing them with the same experiences incredible than the ten other sports under our umbrella, and to spare nothing when it comes to building them as student athletes and leaders. We also look forward to supporting the coaches and officials who serve alongside these athletes and to give their fans a greater appreciation for what these women are already doing day in and day out.
To date, 58 schools have pledged to sponsor girls’ wrestling programs in Iowa. The latest data from Trackwrestling.com shows that 1,018 girls are participating in high school wrestling, represented by more than 185 schools in Iowa. Wrestling becomes the 11th sport to be sanctioned by the IGHSAU and the first since bowling was added in 2007. Iowa becomes the 34th state association to sanction girls’ wrestling.
State associations with wrestling girls in alphabetical order (34)
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico , North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin