NJSIAA has voted to make girls wrestling an official high school sport in New Jersey, with a state girls wrestling championship

by | Sep 12, 2018 | CJA Club News, New Jersey Wrestling, Women's Wrestling

BREAKING NEWS (Wednesday, September 12, 2018) A proposal to offer girls wrestling as a standalone varsity sport complete with its own region and state tournaments beginning in the upcoming 2018-2019 season was unanimously approved by the NJSIAA’s Executive Committee.

“Historic day for wrestling! The NJSIAA executive board (over 35 voting members) voted unanimously to add a girls division to the state tournament at Boardwalk hall. The same people will vote on a second reading in October, but it is safe to get your hotel rooms now!”

Chris Ayres
Head Wrestling Coach
Princeton University

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Princeton University wrestling coach Chris Ayres, who has worked with state officials to bring girls wrestling to life. “At the end of the day, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t been trying to push this a little bit sooner. I see the girls competing. I see what they get out of the sport. Why should we cut out half of humanity for an amazing sport?”
At top, Hunterdon Central's Melanie Sancho faces off against Bound Brook's Diatsu Sane in an all-girls JV wrestling match in Bound Brook last season. (Andrew Miller | For NJ Advance Media)

At top, Hunterdon Central’s Melanie Sancho faces off against Bound Brook’s Diatsu Sane in an all-girls JV wrestling match in Bound Brook last season. (Andrew Miller | For NJ Advance Media)

The proposal will be voted on a final time at next month’s Executive Committee meeting before it can officially be implemented. But NJSIAA officials said they expect no opposition to the measure and the move has widely been applauded across the state.Now New Jersey female wrestlers that previously had nothing special they could compete for—DO! That’s huge for all current NJ girl wrestlers, but should also encourage other girls to try one of the greatest sports!It’s the 100th anniversary of the NJSIAA. Boys have been competing for a state wrestling championship in New Jersey for 75 years. This will be the first time for girls to do so.
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