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Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association hosts girls state wrestling championships
Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 10:34 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For the second straight year, the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association hosted the girls state wrestling championships at York High School.

“The NSWCA has done a great job of promoting the sport, of showing what a state championship would look like,” Kearney wrestling coach Ty Swarm said. “We were at a varsity tournament watching all of those final matches.”

“I’m very thankful for all the people who put in the hard work to get it running because I think girls wrestling should be a lot bigger, especially in the state,” Kearney junior Flavia Nagatani said.

The Nebraska Schools Activities Association voted 7-1 in May to classify girls wrestling as an “emerging sport,” after it fell three votes shy of becoming a sanctioned sport.

Under the emerging sport title, girls wrestling has a three-year window for the NSAA to sanction it. The sport is growing but Swarm said there are still hoops to jump through.

“Establishing coaching staffs that are for the girls and not maybe for both the boys and the girls teams,” Swarm said. “I think those will evolve as the numbers grow and as the sport gains some momentum. But in the early stages right now I think it’s going in a good direction.”

The future is unknown for the sport in Nebraska, but last Saturday the NSWCA gave girls the opportunity to show their talents.

“I’m just proving that girls can wrestle all the time. We’re just like the guys,” Amherst sophomore Reagan Gallaway said. “This sport is growing and we need it sanctioned here in Nebraska. We have so many girls out here wrestling in this tournament. All we need is sanctioned because us girl’s are proving that us girls can wrestle. And we want this sport to be sanctioned here in Nebraska.”

Girls wrestling has two more years in its emerging sport window for the NSAA to sanction it.

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