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OSAA to Add Girls Wrestling Championship in 2018-19

By Statesman Journal on February 19, 2018 state news Print

From the Statesman Journal:

The Oregon School Activities Association's Executive Board voted unanimously Monday morning to create a separate state championship division for girls starting in the 2018-19 school year. Oregon will become the eighth state to award state championships for girls wrestling.

“We’re excited about making the change for next year with girls wrestling," OSAA Executive Director Peter Weber said. "We think it’s an area that’s continuing to grow.”

Four years ago, there were about 100 girls competing in high school wrestling in Oregon; there are more than 400 girls competing this season.

In the championship model approved by the Executive Board, girls will be able to compete against girls for an official girls state championship or in the bracket against boys starting in the 2018-19 school year.

As opposed to sanctioning girls wrestling as a separate activity in Oregon — as is the case with sports like tennis, basketball and soccer — girls will have their own division for state championship under the wrestling banner, much like how Class 6A is its own division for wrestling.

“Depending on the growth of girls wrestling and as they develop, you could see the OSAA Executive Board request to them to sanction girls wrestling,” said OSAA Assistant Executive Director Brad Garrett, who oversees wrestling.

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