Girls wrestling becomes sanctioned sport in Colorado

It's official: girls wrestling has been named a sanctioned sport in the state of Colorado, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced Wednesday.

That means a full season of wrestling competition for high school girls -- separate from boys' competition -- will take place starting in the 2020-21 school year, concluding with its own official state championships.

In addition to girls wrestling, unified bowling and boys' volleyball were also approved in a vote by the CHSAA Legislative Council, a board comprised of athletic directors from throughout Colorado, during its annual meeting.

"What an exciting chance for our Association to provide participation opportunities that speak to inclusion and our mission," said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. "We are looking forward to the first official seasons for these three sports in two years."

Each sport went through a rigorous process which required an establishment of a pilot season, according to the statement issued by the CHSAA. Now that the organization that governs high school sports in Colorado has officially sanctioned girls wrestling, committees will need to be established to create a postseason structure. The expectation is that girls wrestling will have a similar structure to that already established for boys wrestling.

The first Colorado Girls High School Wrestling Championships was held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Thornton High School.

Colorado was one of nine states which held its first state championships for girl wrestlers in 2019. A total of fourteen states now have separate state wrestling championship events for high school-age girls.


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