Start a girls-only wrestling club in Sioux Falls, SD high schools

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Starting in 2004, women's wrestling was recognized as a sanctioned Olympic sport. Since 1994, the number of girls wrestling in high schools throughout the country has grown from 804 to nearly 12,000 or more. Currently, there are 9 U.S states/territories that sanction state championships for girls wrestling, including California, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Guam, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Many states have all-girl wrestling teams that compete with one another (source: NWCA). As a citizen of South Dakota and former wrestler in high school, I believe that the state would benefit from an attempt at developing a girls wrestling system so that girls would no longer have to wrestle boys in high school if they wish to participate in the sport. Is there a better place to start than Sioux Falls, the state's largest city? As a state and as a country, let's make an attempt to mirror what many other states have done by promoting girls wrestling. Girls cannot continue to wrestle boys in high school as they do now, putting both wrestlers at a disadvantage in their own ways. If a girls-only club system was started in Sioux Falls, then I believe that more girls would be willing to participate in the sport. Please help me make a change and try something that has been previously unprecedented in the state of South Dakota.

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Picture: Helen Maroulis became the first United States woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics for wrestling, courtesy of NBC Sports.



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