New turn: Sidney schools will honor freshman girl for state wrestling title

Sidney City Schools have reversed course and now will create and hang a banner to recognize Josie Davis, who became Ohio's first state championship girls wrestler at 126 pounds.

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Superintendent Bob Humble said the district will hang a banner for her in the wrestling gym, honoring her achievement. She will also be recognized with a duplicate banner during the district’s board of education meeting March 16, Humble said in a message with News Center 7’s Joshua Jackson.

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Humble said the agreement was made after a meeting with Davis and her father.

A disagreement about how to honor Davis came about this week because the Ohio High School Athletic Association recognizes wrestling as a boy’s sport.

Humble previously told News Center 7 the district has recognized athletes in the school’s gyms that competed in OHSAA sports.

"First of all, Josie is an incredible athlete and student and we were very excited about her accomplishment,” Humble said. "Unfortunately, because there aren't enough girl wrestlers right now, OHSAA hasn't recognized that as a sport yet."

Davis is still set to represent the United States and travel to Europe to compete in a girls’ wrestling tournament.

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