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MILL HALL — Though fall sports activities are simply getting began, a possible new winter sport was on the agenda at Thursday night time’s Keystone Central faculty board work session.
The brand new sport? Ladies’ wrestling.
With Central Mountain athletic director George Bidwell in a convention assembly, KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin made a presentation to the board about including ladies’ wrestling to the winter sports activities lineup.
Whereas the game is at present not sanctioned by the PIAA, Martin mentioned she hopes that the board will approve the crew.
“Ladies wrestling is the fastest-growing sport throughout the nation,” Martin mentioned.
The numbers again it up. At the highschool and collegiate ranges, there was a one hundred pc development price over the past 5 years, simply in Pennsylvania. There are at present six collegiate wrestling applications in Pennsylvania — Alvernia College, Delaware Valley College, East Stroudsburg College, Gannon College, Lackawanna School and nearer to house, Lock Haven College. Nationally, there are 82 collegiate wrestling applications.
In accordance with Martin, the PIAA will take into account sanctioning ladies’ wrestling when 100 member colleges sponsor the game. At the moment, 23 states throughout the nation sanction ladies’ highschool wrestling. In Pennsylvania, 239 ladies are at present wrestling on 139 boys’ groups.
“We’ve had two younger girls collaborating on our boys’ crew,” Martin mentioned of CMHS wrestlers Olivia Miller and Madison Packer.
If Central Mountain provides ladies’ wrestling, it will be the fifth highschool crew within the state.
“There are at present no different groups on this space,” Martin mentioned. “I do know that there was some curiosity in a few of the different (colleges) in neighboring counties and fogeys are placing strain on them as a result of they’ve heard phrase that we’re contemplating this concept. I do assume the thought goes to proceed to develop.”
Martin mentioned that having a ladies’ wrestling crew ranges the taking part in subject, so to talk.
“This enables ladies to successfully compete in a good venue. Ladies in opposition to ladies, boys in opposition to boys … I feel we’re all totally conscious of the developmental adjustments that happen throughout puberty. If that is the best way to make the venue extra honest and have the game extra legitimate, then we expect this must be a possibility that our college students ought to have,” Martin mentioned.
Including a ladies’ wrestling crew wouldn’t come at a further value to the district. If and when the game is sanctioned, coaches could be employed and there could be some expense at that time.
“We might ask you to make it a sanctioned sport, rent coaches similar to every other sport. Till then, coaches can volunteer further time and the booster membership goes to help the extra journey for the women to attend girls-only occasions throughout the state,” Martin famous.
If the KCSD board agrees so as to add ladies’ wrestling to Central Mountain’s lineup, feminine college students from Bucktail Excessive Faculty may take part as nicely, Martin mentioned.
The board will vote on the proposal at subsequent week’s voting session, which is scheduled for six:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 on the Central Mountain Excessive Faculty library. The assembly is closed to the general public, however will probably be obtainable through Zoom.
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