MPSSAA approves official girls high school wrestling championships for Maryland

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 06, 2019, 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Olympic champion and Maryland native Helen Maroulis with a young girl from Maryland. Photo from the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) has approved an officially sanctioned girls state high school championships for the 2019-20 academic year.

With the addition of Maryland hosting an official girls state championships next year, there are 16 states with state association approval for girls wrestling (in alphabetical order): Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington.

Over the last two weeks, three states have been officially added to this list: Maryland, Kansas and Colorado.

This decision in Maryland was approved on April 26 at MPSSAA Board of Control meetings. The official minutes of that meeting are below.

Page 6 of MPSSAA Board of Control Minutes, April 26, 2019


Committee unanimously approved adding a girls’ bracket to region and state tournaments. Every region will put forward the top two girls in each weight class into a single classification girls’ tournament at The Show Place Arena.

Question – Do girls have the option to wrestle in the boys’ tournament? Yes, but the decision must be made at regional tournament.

New bulletin wording– county/conference tournaments are not a precursor for females entered into the region tournament.

A motion was made by Mr. Michael Duffy to approve the 2019–20 winter tournaments and was seconded by Mr. Earl Hawkins. They were unanimously accepted.

USA Wrestling's Girls High School Development Committee, led by Joan Fulp and Andrea Yamamoto, have been working with other organizations nationwide on this project, with great success. Girls wrestling is growing nationwide, not only at the high school level, but at all levels of the sport.