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North Dakota to Sanction Girls High School Wrestling in 2021-22

Graphic courtesy of Wrestle Like A Girl. 

Another state is adding girls high school wrestling as a sanctioned sport in the near future.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors met Tuesday, March 31, and voted to approve the sanctioning of girls wrestling as a NDHSAA-sponsored sport starting in the 2021-22 school year. North Dakota becomes the 30th state high school association to sanction girls wrestling. This figure is up by a whopping 24 states since 2018. 

North Dakota, like many other currently unsanctioned states, has held non-sanctioned girls high school state wrestling championships in recent years. The state of North Dakota has done so for the past five years. Over 50 female wrestlers competed in the most recent non-sanctioned girls high school state wrestling championships held last month at the Fargodome Fargo, North Dakota.

Last season, North Dakota had about 80 girls participating in wrestling, up from about 20 in 2015-16.

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