The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association (OHSWCA) voted unanimously to officially sponsor a girls' state wrestling tournament for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.
Ohio's first girls state wrestling championship will be held February 22-12, 2020 at Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road in Hilliard, a suburb of Columbus.
"It is our goal to make this a first-class event and build it to 'emerging sport status' with the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association, the official governing body for high school athletics in Ohio)," said Dean Conley, president of the OHSWCA. "Once we meet the requirements, we plan on handing this over to OHSAA like we did with the state dual tournament."
The OHSAA weighed in with their backing for the event.
"The OHSAA is in full support of the OHSWCA conducting a girls' tournament," said Tyler Brooks, wrestling administrator for the OHSAA. "This tournament is an important and necessary step for girls wrestling as they seek emerging sport status. Last year there were more than 200 females who wrestled for their school so we look forward to partnering with the OHSWCA in order to help grow the sport of wrestling by increasing participation opportunities for female wrestlers."
The OHSWCA stated that wrestlers, coaches and schools can stay informed by visiting the association's official website starting this September. www.ohswca.org
Ohio is the nineteenth state to announce the establishment of a separate girls' state wrestling tournament ... and the third in the month of June, joining New Mexico and Arkansas.