Add Maine to the growing list of states to announce the addition of an official state wrestling tournament for girls for 2019.
The Maine Principals Association has voted to give final approval for the creation of a girls wrestling state championships to conclude the 2018-19 scholastic wrestling season, USA Wrestling reported this week.
The date and location for the inaugural Maine State Girls Wrestling has already been announced: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland.
"The [wrestling committee] just ran with this because they've seen girls wrestling right along, and it seems like they should have this opportunity," Michael Bisson, Assistant Executive Director of the MPA, told the Bangor Daily News. "They saw that other states have started it and that momentum is growing nationally, so they wanted to get involved."
Maine is the 14th state to establish a separate girls wrestling state championships, and the eighth to do so for the 2018-19 school year. Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, and Oregon also made the decision to add a separate girls championship in 2018. These eight new states join the six states -- Alaska, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas and Washington State -- which already had separate state championship competition for girls prior to this year.
In another sign of the continued growth of girls' and women's wrestling in the U.S. … during the 2017-18 school year, 16,562 girls wrestled at 2,351 schools around the country, according to the annual National Federation of State High School Associations participation survey.