Magic Number 100: Girls’ Wrestling Can Now Become Official Sport In Pennsylvania

Magic Number 100: Girls' Wrestling Can Now Become Official Sport In Pennsylvania

Milestone reached.

Pennridge High School in Bucks County on Tuesday became the 100th school in Pennsylvania to adopt a girls wrestling program. This means women's wrestling can now be legalized as an official sport by the PIAA.

Thanks to this, the official women's state championship will be held.

"We are so happy for the day we had," SanctionPA, a nonprofit that promotes women's wrestling in the state, wrote Wednesday. “We wouldn't be here without each of these 100 schools and everyone involved in this journey in one way or another. This is a monumental achievement that many thought was impossible, but you all believed and we did it together. This effort is historic. We are so proud to be a part of this wrestling family.

The PIAA board still has to select the organization to take jurisdiction over the sport. It remains to be determined when this vote will take place and whether women's wrestling will become an official sport in the next academic year (2023-24) or the following year (2024-25), as the PIAA will hold its competition biennially in the first year of competition. . cycle

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This year's postseason won't change. PIAA Championship Wrestling (Men's Championship) will be held March 9-11 at Hershey's Giant Center. The Pennsylvania State MyHouse Girls Championship will take place independently at Central Dauphin High School on March 12th.

Women's independent state championships have been held since 2018, first at Gettysburg High School, then at Spooky Nook and Central Dauphin. Hundreds of girls participate in the competition every year.

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"PIAA would like to congratulate member schools who help protect and educate girls in wrestling," PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi said in a statement. "We look forward to developing a flagship program to highlight these athletes and would like to thank everyone associated with Sanction PA for their dedication to this growing sport."

Already 37 state athletic associations have recognized women's wrestling as an official sport. But while Pennsylvania is one of the best wrestling states in the country, the PIAA is not. PIAA's argument is that its regulations require 100 schools to sponsor a sport before it can be approved.

Local coaches have long argued that the position of the PIAA does not allow sanctions to be imposed on the sport.

JP McCaskey in Lancaster became the first school in Pennsylvania to sponsor the sport when its board approved the team in early March 2020. The girls team fielded eight other schools that year, including Gettysburg, which became the first YAIAA school to sponsor the sport. Gettysburg now competes in the Mid-Penn competition.

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Since then, the movement has grown. In 2022 there are wrestling teams in 54 schools, and in 2023 there are 11 schools.

Last June, Spring Grove became the first York County school to adopt a girls wrestling program. Southwest adopted its program in July, and Dallastown followed in September.

In January 2022, Gettysburg hosted the first District 3 women's wrestling competition in Big Spring. The women's games were held in Spring Grove and Dallastown this season.

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And the traffic continues to grow to #100. Coatesville became school number 101 on Wednesday.

  1. JP McCaskey

  2. Easton

  3. Executive Education Academy

  4. North Allegheny

  5. middle mountain

  6. Governor Mifflin

  7. Anvil-Cleon

  8. Gettysburg

  9. Brandy Height

  10. Delaware Valley

  11. Wayne West

  12. Bald eagle series

  13. a garden

  14. Exeter City

  15. Soderton

  16. new port

  17. Seneca

  18. milton

  19. Macmillan's Cannon

  20. Connellsville

  21. Hannover Square

  22. Honesdale

  23. Penn Manor

  24. chestnut tree

  25. Big spring

  26. Later bigger

  27. Warwick

  28. Athens

  29. Valenpawpack

  30. Municipality of Mannheim

  31. Kiski district

  32. catholic church

  33. Southmoreland

  34. Mercer

  35. Palisade

  36. North Bedford

  37. Montgomery

  38. Wyomissing

  39. Lampeter-Strasbourg

  40. Bishop McCourt

  41. Pekea Harana

  42. Cumberland Valley

  43. Montrose

  44. boyertown

  45. carvensville

  46. Palmyra

  47. Inara

  48. to Octara

  49. Read

  50. Cherry Fort

  51. spring garden

  52. Bensalem

  53. Harry S Truman

  54. Sager City

  55. Southwest

  56. General McClain

  57. Pine forests

  58. Seneca Valley

  59. William Tennent

  60. Catholic Bethlehem

  61. Dolastovn

  62. Quakertown

  63. Freedom

  64. Freedom

  65. Hamburg

  66. North Pen

  67. bay

  68. Mount Lebanon

  69. Donegal

  70. Lebanon

  71. Shuikilskaya Valley

  72. Moon Village

  73. Elizabethtown

  74. citizen city

  75. Hughesville

  76. the Wilkes-Barre area

  77. pine-rich soil

  78. Penn Hill

  79. Tamakua

  80. Wilson

  81. Meadow

  82. Middle Cambrian

  83. Bedford

  84. Hazleton

  85. Camping hill

  86. three

  87. combined

  88. Lehighton

  89. East Pocono Mountain

  90. West Pocono Mountain

  91. boiling water

  92. bend

  93. Kleisberg-Kimmel

  94. middle valley

  95. Sunny Valley

  96. Phillipsburg-Oceola

  97. Lancaster Catholic

  98. Above Perkiomen

  99. Perkiomen Valley

  100. Pennridge

  101. Coatesville

Matt Elibon is a sports reporter for GameTimePA. He can be reached at 717-881-8221, [email protected], or via Twitter at @bad2theallibone.

This article originally appeared in the York Daily Record: Women's wrestling could become a legal sport in Pennsylvania.

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