The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) has approved an officially sanctioned girls state high school championships for the 2019-20 academic year.
The MPSSAA made its decision to sanction a separate state competition for girls at a Board of Control on Friday, April 26.
Here's what the announcement said:
"Committee unanimously approved adding a girls' bracket to region and state tournaments. Every region will put forward the top two girls in each weight class into a single classification girls' tournament at The Show Place Arena."
Maryland is the third state in the past two weeks to have expanded opportunities for high school girls to participate in wrestling competition separate from boys. Colorado and Kansas announced late last month that they had added girls wrestling to their lists of sanctioned interscholastic sports.
Girls' wrestling continues to enjoy substantial growth in the U.S. At the beginning of 2018, six states had separate state wrestling championships for girls: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas and Washington State. During 2018, eight additional states -- Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, and Oregon -- announced the establishment of a girls' state championships to be held in 2019. Now, with the addition of Maryland and Kansas, a total of sixteen states will have sanctioned a state championship for female wrestlers.