DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS (June 22, 2020) – Arizona, Florida, Illinois and South Dakota have decided in the last two months to add girls wrestling to their high school sports lineups. This brings the total number of states to sanction girls high school wrestling to 26.
Arizona’s girls will compete in a separate division in the 2020-21 school year for a team crown. Individual state medals were awarded to girls in 2019 and 2020.
Florida will start girls wrestling in the 2021-22 school year so all financial and scheduling aspects can be addressed. The state had an unsanctioned championship event in 2020.
Illinois will also begin girls wrestling in 2021-22 so it can determine how its state series will fit within the current wrestling state series structure.
South Dakota will also begin girls wrestling with the 2020-21 season. There will be one classification (boys has two) and four weight classes.