The CHSAA revealed that a handful of girls-only wrestling tournaments have been established around Colorado this season, with the first event scheduled for Frederick High School on Jan. 14. CHSAA said up to four other events are possible. Turnouts and other data from those tournaments will be used to determine if girls wrestling could become an officially sanctioned sport in the Centennial State.
Additional girls-only tournaments could be held this season if more schools which already have wrestling programs decide to host events for girls.
These initial events will help determine if "there are enough girls in the state that are interested in wrestling to make it feasible to add girls wrestling as a sanction sport," according a letter from wrestling committee chair Ernie Derrera.
"We're really in an exploratory phase right now," said CHSAA assistant commissioner Harry Waterman, who is in charge of wrestling. "We're trying to gather more information, and this will help in that."
According to the CHSAA, these girls-only tournaments will use the following guidelines:
Currently, seven states have officially sanctioned girls-only wrestling at the high school level: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.