“It is our goal to make this a first-class event,” OHSWCA President Dean Conley said in a release. “We have been working on this for quite some time.”
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According to the National Wrestling Coaches Association, there were 18 states – now 19 – that sanction a girls state wrestling tourney. New Mexico joined the club on June 13. That trend is gaining momentum: six were added in 2018.
Last season, Miami East sophomore Olivia Shore was the first Ohio girl to win an opening-round match at the state tournament and was the second girl to qualify for the event. She qualified for the Division III state tourney at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in March, going 1-2 at 106 pounds.
“It’s been a dream since I was 6 years old,” Shore told the Dayton Daily News about possibly placing. “It’s something I really want to do and I’m not going to stop until I get it done.”
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She was among more than 200 girls who participated on Ohio boys high school wrestling teams last season.
The Ohio Athletic Committee is a longtime sponsor of girls junior high and youth state wrestling tournaments.
The OHSWCA was instrumental in the inclusion of a state dual team wrestling tournament, which made its debut with the OHSAA in 2013. That is held at OSU’s St. John Arena in Columbus a month before the season-ending individual state tourney.
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