On June 14, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) finalized its schedule and location for the inaugural ISHA Individual Girls Wrestling State Finals, which will take place in 2022.
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The ISHA will now extend its Dual Team Wrestling State Finals from one day to two days, running the Dual Team Wrestling Finals and the Individual Girls Wrestling State Finals concurrently.
The tournament will be held from February 25-26, 2022, at Grossinger Motors Area in Bloomington, Illinois.
The tournament’s first day will consist of the quarterfinal round and the first two rounds of wrestlebacks. The second day will have the semifinals, consolation rounds, place matches, and Grand March of tournament finalists followed by state championship matches in 14 weight classes.
“This is an exciting development for the IHSA and for female wrestlers around the state,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson told IHSA.org. “The number of female participants continues to grow, and we are proud to be able to offer an incredible venue and stage to recognize them on. This is an important step for Illinois high school wrestling as a whole.”
The IHSA Board approved the formation of the tournament in June 2020 before asking the IHSA Wrestling Authority Committee to develop the tournament’s schedule and structure.