WIAA adds girls state wrestling tournament, beginning in 2021-22

Lucemburg-Casco wrestling
Lucemburg-Casco wrestling

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The WIAA Board of Control unanimously approved Wednesday to add a girls individual state wrestling tournament beginning in the 2021-22 season.

The BOC voted 10-0 and the hope is the individual state tournament can lead to an eventual team state championship.

"That'll be down the road, if we can get to that point," WIAA deputy director Wade Labecki said. "I don't think that's going to be in the near future. This is encouraging more girls to individual wrestling. Going to be a while before we get to team state and if we get a girls sport coinciding with the boys teams at state we're going to have to find a different facility.

"We can't fit a fourth mat into it. That's way down the line."

"WIAA has not or has ever been opposed to offering girls wrestling," Manitowoc athletics director Dave Steavpack said. "It's just the timing for this year was a little bit difficult and pretty quick to do a quick turnaround for that. I'm happy that we've given this opportunity to girls and have given them a an opportunity to win a state title without a doubt."

Currently, girls wrestle on boys teams and that would be the same in 21-22. Once the regular season is completed, girls wrestlers will break off into their own postseason, with the final destination being the state tournament.

Other items of note that were covered:

  • The WIAA voted 10-0 to approve computerized seeding for the boys and girls basketball regionals and sectionals for 2021-22 with a chance to implement this coming season.
  • The BOC also extended the window one week to use the coaches’ five unrestricted coaching days for this summer only. This allows 11-player football coaches unrestricted contact through Aug. 1 and all other coaches through Aug. 8. The extended period reflects a heightened emphasis on acclimatization for the health and safety for student-athletes.
  • The BOC voted down 10-0 a proposal that would evenly disperse teams into two divisions for the boys state hockey tournament. For the first time this past season instead of one division there were two divisions, 52 Division1 teams and 32 Division 2 teams.
  • The BOC voted 10-0 in favor to permanently keep two divisions for the boys state hockey tournament. This past season was an "experiment' of having two divisions.

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