NSAA votes to add girls wrestling as an "emerging sport"
The NSAA Board of Directors voted 7-1 Thursday to add Girls Wrestling as an emerging sport. This means it is not a sanctioned sport.
As outlined in the proposal, girls wrestling shall be added as a winter sports season beginning with the 2020 - 2021 NSAA calendar year.
This proposed plan is to have a two year transition period that would permit girls the option of participating in both their school’s boys and girls lineup during the regular season contests only.
“Girls wrestling has really exploded," said Aaron Finley, Lincoln Southwest wrestling coach. "There has been a lot of coaching colleagues that have put a lot of work into trying to pass girls wrestling in the state.”
“There are girls in the state of Nebraska who don’t wrestle for their high school teams because they don’t want to compete against boys, but they do wrestle in the spring and when we go to these national tournaments they have a ton of success,” said Derek Garfield Fairbury High School's wrestling coach.
After the two year transition period, the NSAA Girls Wrestling Advisory Committee will determine if numbers have grown to support girls vs girls only season.
There will be ten girls weight classes. The proposal states the actual weight classes will be determined from the alpha assessment data in an effort to achieve as much equal distribution in weight classes as possible.
A one class state tournament will be established by the NSAA
The National Federation of State High School Associations participation numbers for girls wrestling grew from 16,562 in 2018 to 21,124 in 2019. A 27.5 percent increase of 4,562 girls across the nation.