A Girls Wrestling Proposal has passed in three districts, and will go to all six districts for a vote in January. West Point-Beemer Head Girls Wrestling Coach Ray Maxwell. “They passed three so they’ll go to the next stage. January we’ll have another meeting, and if it passes three then it goes onto the NSAA Board of Directors. If it happens to pass four, five or all six districts, then it puts a lot of pressure on the NSAA.”
If at least three of the six districts pass it in January, it will go to the April voting.
District II, the Omaha area, already passed it as did Districts IV and VI.
District VI represents the West and Northwest Parts of the State, and District IV encompasses the Central part of the state.
District III is Northeast Nebraska, District I Southeast, and District V South Central and Southwest.
Maxwell says the three districts that presented it when it was voted on had a 77% approval rating.
Maxwell adds Girls Wrestling would be a sanctioned sport in Nebraska in 2019-2020 if the proposal passes.
He says most schools across the state only offer one Girls Winter sport. “Right now of all the member schools in the state of Nebraska there are only probably about 30 or so that actually present anything other than Girls Basketball for a Winter Sport. They’re larger Class A and Class B Schools that are large.”
Maxwell says Girls Wrestling would meet Title IX and give Girls their own sport, and their own State Tournament would likely be sanctioned.
He adds other states have already sanctioned Girls Wrestling. “We are surrounded by states that have sanctioned it. I know Kansas, Missouri, Colorado has a non-accredited state tournament that they have one more year and it will probably be an official state tournament. But I believe there’s 12 or 15 states in the union right now that offer Girls Wrestling so Nebraska’s falling behind right now by not passing it.”
Maxwell says Girls Wrestling is growing locally as 23 girls are out for the West Point-Beemer team this year.