West Point-Beemer Co-Head Wrestling Coach Ray Maxwell had the opportunity to help coach the Team Nebraska AAU Girls Wrestling Team at Disney Nationals in Orlando, FL late last month. Maxwell says he really enjoyed the experience. “It is a great honor to be able to coach this group of young ladies from all across the state, and it’s especially an honor to have four of them come from this town.”
The four girls Maxwell coached from West Point-Beemer were Estefania Barragan, Brisa Figueroa, Katy Figueroa, and Brithany Cervantes.
Maxwell says there was some last minute prep work to do. “We also had practices for a couple days before we ever went to Disney. Kind of fine tuned. There’s not a lot you can teach in that last little bit, but we tried to fine tune some things. We showed some moves and did some workouts down there where we saw a couple of teams doing some specific moves, and we made sure that they knew the counters for those so they could go into that dual and know how to get out of that move.”
Other coaches included Wayne’s Sonya Legate, Winnebago’s Adam Tranmer, and Les Painter from Cambridge.
Maxwell says he plans to continue to grow girls Wrestling in Nebraska so it can become a sanctioned sport. “In Nebraska it has to come down to the NSAA making a decision to make this a viable sport and accepted sport. Right now they want to see more numbers before they jump on board. I know there are 12 states in the union right now. So a fourth of the states in the union have girls wrestling sanctioned, we are not one of them right now. It is my plans this year to have a non-sanctioned state tournament. I’ve talked to quite a few girls and girls coaches, and sometime this year if I can get everything worked out we will have a non official state tournament here, and maybe show the NSAA that there is interest.”
Maxwell says the non qualifier state tournament will be held sometime the second part of the high school wrestling season at West Point-Beemer.
He adds there were 900 girls wrestlers nationwide just a few years ago, and 18,000 across the nation last year.
States that already have organized girls wrestling include Tennessee, Texas, Hawaii, Missouri, Oregon, and New York with Kansas still deciding, according to Maxwell.