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Oklahoma sanctions girls wrestling division at state championships

Two months after conducting a first-ever exhibition state wrestling tournament for girls, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association -- the organization that governs high school sports in the Sooner State -- made it official, approving the addition of a girls wrestling division at the 2021 state championships, the OSSAA announced Monday.

Although state champions weren't crowned at that exhibition event held during the last week in February, winners at each weight received medals and were honored on the podium, according to The Oklahoman, the daily newspaper of Oklahoma City.

Todd Goolsby, assistant director of the OSSAA, said the response to the exhibition was overwhelming… which made it easy for the organization to officially sanction girls wrestling in Oklahoma, one of the nation's true hotbeds for the sport.

With Oklahoma deciding to sanction girls wrestling, nearly half of the states now have official competitions for high-school-age girls. As recently as the beginning of 2018, just six states had separate state wrestling championships for girls: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas and Washington State.

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