USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and National Wrestling Hall of Fame to partner on new girls high school rankings

By USA Wrestling, Flowrestling, National Wrestling Hall of Fame | May 12, 2017, 11:01 a.m. (ET)
Graphic depicts 2017 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award winner Cierra Foster in a high school match.

USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum are partnering on a new project to create regular national rankings for high school girls wrestlers.

With the growth of girls high school wrestling, this fills a major need in promoting and rewarding success among this important group of athletes. It will be entirely focused on girl wrestlers in grades 9-12.

The staffs from these three leading wrestling organizations will work together to strategically publish this ranking throughout the year. The girls high school ranking will appear on the websites of all three organizations, and be promoted through each of their different media platforms.

The ranking committee will evaluate the wrestlers not only on their performance during the official high school season in their state, but also in the major post-season wrestling competitions for girls.

The plan is to have two initial rankings to recognize high school girls based upon the 2016-17 season. The first will come after the 2017 Women’s National Championships in Irving, Texas, May 19-21, but prior to the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., July 14-22.

The final ranking for the 2016-17 season will be published after the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet Nationals in Fargo.

This ranking will evaluate all girls enrolled in grades 9-12, and include athletes from all 50 states. There are six states which sponsor official girls state high school championships, while many other states are also developing their girls high school program. It will include girls who compete against other girls through their state high school programs, as well as girls who wrestle against boys as part of their scholastic wrestling competition.

Currently, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), there were 13,496 girls who wrestled nationally on the high school level, representing 2,000 different high schools. Girls high school wrestling participation has grown for 27 consecutive years, and is expected to continue this growth well into the future.

Coaches, parents and athletes will be encouraged to provide information about specific athletes and their achievements throughout the year for the committee to consider.

More information about the girls high school rankings, created by USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and Wrestling Hall of Fame will be published in the upcoming weeks.