MHSAA Adds Girls Wrestling Individual State Tournament
The MHSAA announced Thursday that beginning with the 2021-22 school year, a championship division for high school girls wrestlers will be added to its existing individual wrestling tournament.
The tournament will consist of 14 weight classes that are established by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Tournament qualifiers will be determined via a sectional format. Girls will continue to compete on boys teams throughout the regular season and team postseason tournament. Girls can also elect to compete in the boys individual tournament instead of the girls bracket.
During the 2019-20 school year, 401 girls competed in wrestling for MHSAA member schools, which is up from 250 in 2017-18 and then 327 in 2018-19.
The MHSAA’s representatives council also voted to move the start off all fall sports practices to the same day. All fall sports practice will now being on the 16th Monday prior to Thanksgiving. For the 2021-22 school year, fall sports practices will being on Aug. 9, 2021.
The representatives council also mad permanent allowances for co-op programs in nine sports among schools of the same public school district regardless of the 3,500-student enrollment maximum. Schools taking part in co-op programs for baseball, bowling, girls competitive cheer, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and wrestling must continue to show a demonstrated history of inadequate numbers of participants and apply for renewal every two years.