Now a sanctioned high school sport in Utah, girls wrestling participation appears to be soaring

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The way things used to be for high school girls wrestlers, if they joined a wrestling team, was that there might be one or two of them practicing with the boys team and often wrestling against other boys during the season.

Since Utah sanctioned girls wrestling as a high school sport, which went into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year, things have changed.

“I can tell you that it has made a tremendous impact with the amount of girls that have joined, and going to the high school tournaments and seeing the amount of girls has been awesome,” Ogden High girls wrestling head coach Maria Gomez said.

Ogden is hosting an all-girls tournament Saturday, which is believed to be the first time the school has ever hosted an all-girls wrestling tournament.

Throughout the state, there are plenty of girls wrestling tournaments, whether they’re all-girls tournaments or co-ed (separate boys and girls tournaments happening in the same place). That’s simply because there’s demand to fill those tournament spots.

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