MPA will vote on Schoolgirl Wrestling Championship


The number of female wrestlers at the High School level in Maine fluctuates from year to year. . If they qualified girls would wrestle in the State Wrestling Championships which is co ed. If the Maine Principals Association member schools approve it at their fall conference November 15th and 16th girls would continue to compete on the co ed team, but would also have an individual Girls State Championship event
Mike Bisson:" The Wrestling Committee got an article from USA Wrestling to promote their girls wrestling. The committee jumped all over that. They were very supportive committee members saying whatever it takes to make it happen. We think that is a great opportunity for girls to be able to wrestle against girls in a one day event. We have girls who compete very well with the boys. We haven't had a girls State Champion, but we have some who have come close. It would be great for them."

Wrestling became a co ed sport over 20 years ago. While the majority of the wrestlers are boys the number of female wrestlers has varied over the last two decades. Bisson says that during the regular season there won't be any changes with girls competing as members of the school's team. This championship will be in addition to the State Championship that is already held.

Bisson:" They will still wrestle as a team with their school team and it will just be a separate one day event. They will still wrestle with the boys for the State Wrestling team in Regional and State Championships, but they will also have a separate one day event to wrestle with other girls."