NSAA approves girls wrestling as sanctioned sport
The NSAA board of voted unanimously on Wednesday to sanction the sport. It will now have girls weight classes at the individual state tournament.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Girls wrestling will be an official NSAA sport, beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.
The NSAA board of voted unanimously on Wednesday to sanction the sport. It will now have girls weight classes at the individual state tournament for the first time. Nebraska is the 33rd state to do this.
“My daughter, anyone else’s daughter who wrestles gets a chance to wrestle for an NSAA state title,” Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association girls director Les Painter said. “You couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”
Female wrestlers have competed for years as a non-sanctioned sport in Nebraska, holding their state tournament annually in York. More than 170 athletes participated this year.
Girls wrestling is one of the fastest growing high school sports nationwide on a per capita basis.
“It just means a lot for us girls, because now the little ones can grow up in a state where it’s actually sanctioned and actually have girls tournaments and girls wrestling girls,” Amherst girls wrestler Reagan Gallaway said. “I grew up wrestling boys.”
The state tournament is scheduled for February of 2022 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.