With the growth of girls wrestling across the nation and in the state, the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association and the Coaches’ Advisory Committee are hoping to get a single division individual girls high school wrestling championship added for the upcoming school year. Trackwrestling.com data shows that over 300 female wrestlers at 141 schools were on high school wrestling rosters in Wisconsin at the start of the 2019-20 season.
Beaver Dam High School wrestling coach Tim Winker tells DailyDodge.com that girls participating in wrestling at the high school level has really grown over the last ten to fifteen years. Winker says during his eight years of coaching wrestling in Beaver Dam he has seen eight girls compete at the high school level and they have had numerous other girls involved in the youth program. Over the years he says they’ve seen a growth in the BDHS program and he encourages girls who are looking for a winter sport to be involved in, to get out on the wrestling mat.
Tomahawk’s Alyssa Lampe’s three trips to state and a runner-up finish in the 2006 Division Two State Meet in the 103-pound weight class was one of the higher profile trailblazers in girls wrestling in not only Wisconsin but across the nation.
That topic adding girls wrestling for the 2020-21 school year will be up for of discussion when WIAA Advisory Council and the Board of Control meets June 23rd and 24th respectively. If approved, the WIAA and the coach’s association would then need to decide on how to best implement the new girl’s division and incorporate the postseason tournament into the current wrestling structure.
Click link below to hear a full interview with Beaver Dam High School wrestling coach Tim Winker
*Thanks to Stoughton High School Athletic Director Mel Dow for contributing to this story.
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