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MHSAA adds girls wrestling tournament to championship docket

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, May 6, 2021, 3:34 pm

Ladies, the mat is yours. 

The MHAA announced Thursday that its Representative Council had voted at its spring meeting to add a championship division for girls wrestling next winter, and award 14 weight-class championships for girls already competing throughout the season on the boys wrestling teams across the state. 

The number of girls participants has been rising: There were 250 in 2017-18, 327 in 2018-19 and 401 in 2019-20. Previously, girls could compete for state titles at an event sponsored by the Michigan Wrestling Association, but there was no separate MHSAA championship event. 

Qualifiers for the MHSAA girls finals will be determined by sectional competitions, and the new format will not change the girls’ participation on the boys wrestling teams throughout the regular season and team postseason. 

The Representative Council also voted to keep the allowance for cooperative programs — in baseball, bowling, competitive cheer, cross country, golf soccer, softball, tennis and wrestling — for schools in the same public school district, regardless of the normal 3,500-student enrollment limit. 

It also voted to normalize start dates for fall practices, rather than the staggered start that had been the previous norm: This fall, all practices will start on Aug. 9.