Track shows only 185. 60 in the 6th-8th grade and 27 in the 9th-12th grade.
There were 12 weights for the 9th-12th age group and 10 of those weight classes had four or less participants. The single largest weight class had six girls in it.
I am not certain what the Iowa HS officials can take from this other than it will likely be a few more years before numbers would make it worthwhile to have a sanctioned HS state tournament. That being said, I believe the day will come eventually.
Gee sorry my count was off a few. Let’s look at the positive side a few jr high and below girls won matches in the boys division, 185 girls came out laid it on the line and are sport grow for both male and female. And apparently ISU agrees because they are hosting a girls camp in june
The problem is that without a HS sanctioned sport the girls see no reason to take part as most will not want to compete against the boys. You have to get girl's wrestling started at the high school level, then the numbers will grow. You cannot base it off one tournament. Other states have seen growth each year at the high school level since approving the sanctioning of girl's wrestling, and Iowa should be no different.
Exactly girls wrestling is a great opportunity for many high school girls to compete in a healthy sport. Small and bigger girls are given a chance to compete and be active. One suggestion has been to add 4 girls weights to the current roster and in 4 years team scores kept. Thinking being that gives coaches 4 years to ramp up their programs.t