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Forbes Online – Why Girls Are the Best Hope to Save Wrestling

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By: Bob Cook – Forbes.com

In Indiana and Alabama, a girl reached the finals of the boys’ high school wrestling tournament for the first time in either states’ histories. In Iowa, a girl won a contested finals match for the first time in the state’s history (a girl won last year when her male opponent famously bowed out because his religious faith made him uncomfortable with the idea of wrestling a female.) In Colorado, two girls made the boys’ state wrestling final, including one girl who was there for her third straight year. In Washington state, where the girls have a separate tournament, there soon could be the first high school title-winning brother-sister combo in the state’s, and perhaps the United States’, history.

Six years after the first girl won a boys’ state wrestling tournament (Michaela Hutchison, in Alaska), the sight of girls competing against boys at the highest scholastic level is growing more common, if not still noteworthy.

In Indiana and Alabama, a girl reached the finals of the boys’ high school wrestling tournament for the first time in either states’ histories. In Iowa, a girl won a contested finals match for the first time in the state’s history (a girl won last year when her male opponent famously bowed out because his religious faith made him uncomfortable with the idea of wrestling a female.) In Colorado, two girls made the boys’ state wrestling final, including one girl who was there for her third straight year. In Washington state, where the girls have a separate tournament, there soon could be the first high school title-winning brother-sister combo in the state’s, and perhaps the United States’, history.

Six years after the first girl won a boys’ state wrestling tournament (Michaela Hutchison, in Alaska), the sight of girls competing against boys at the highest scholastic level is growing more common, if not still noteworthy.

For wrestling, the increasing success of girls could be is a very good thing — good enough, perhaps, to save the sport…

Read the complete article at Forbes.com

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