Campbell County school board approves adding girls’ wrestling to high school programs

A female wrestler in Team Braves Wrestling Club grapples with a fellow wrestler in January at the Central High School wrestling room in Cheyenne. The Wyoming High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved in its April meeting to make girls wrestling a sanctioned high school sport in the state starting with the 2022-23 school year. (Briar Napier/Oil City News)

GILLETTE, Wyo. – Campbell County School District No. 1 high schools will begin offering girls’ wrestling.

The school board unanimously approved the addition at its June 14 meeting.

Superintendent Alex Ayers said he supports establishing the program and that the most significant change would be the addition of a bracket for girls at the existing state tournament. The 2023 state tournament will occur in February, he said.

Ayers said he is aware that some students who are girls would prefer to wrestle with other girls instead of with boys. No additional coaches would be required for the district’s wrestling programs unless girls’ participation grew substantially, he said.

The Wyoming High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved girls wrestling as a WHSAA sanctioned sport beginning in the 2022-2023 school year at its April 26-27 meeting.