Coed wrestling

Duration: 9min 20sec Views: 1093 Submitted: 24.04.2019
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At a typical high school wrestling match, boys compete on the mat while girls cheer them on in the stands alongside other fans. In the playoffs this week for the new team division, four teams advanced to the finals on Thursday, which are to be held at Bronx Science. The new division creates an official space for girls in a high school sport that is still male-dominated and in which girls seeking to compete typically have to practice with boys and crack an all-male starting lineup, despite often finding themselves at a strength disadvantage. This does not mean that girls cannot defeat boys. Rachel Koltsov, 17, a senior captain who wrestles in the pound weight class for Bronx Science, has beaten a few boys this season in individual competition.

Being a girl on the boys' mat: Wrestling on a coed team

Photos: Why is girls' high school wrestling on the rise?

On an unseasonably warm February morning in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as hundreds of elementary and middle school boys were grappling one another, 87 girls from 55 high schools found their way to the mats for North Carolina's first official high school girls' wrestling invitational contest. The state is one of many experiencing a boom in female wrestlers. For years, girls around the country were folded into boys' programs. But since , the number of girls in high school wrestling has soared from 3, to nearly 17,, buoyed by the introduction of women to Olympic wrestling in and the rise of MMA, a sport dominated by strong wrestlers. In the past year, six states have sanctioned the sport, making it one of the nation's fastest-growing high school girls' programs. As more girls sign up, the question is: What's next?

Photos: Why is girls' high school wrestling on the rise?

The newspaper article quoted my coach as saying, "She wrestles just as well as the guys. There weren't enough of us to form a separate team, so we regularly trained with and competed against guys. About my male teammates, coach said, "Our guys treat 'em just like everyone else. Two reporters from the local paper contacted me in the winter of
Gray tucks her shoulder-length hair under her headgear before competing. Adeline Gray looks over herhomework with sister Geneva, Adeline Gray, 16, controls her male opponent in a high-school wrestling match. Adeline Gray, a varsity wrestler from Chatfield High, is flat on her belly, struggling to get up to her knees. A pound boy, her exact match in weight, straddles her back.