Girl’s wrestling is added to Leesville

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) unanimously voted 18-0 to add girl’s wrestling as a sanctioned sport. This has been put into place for the 2023-2024 school season.

In previous years girl wrestlers in North Carolina have only been able to compete in invitational events. With this change these athletes can now compete in state championship tournaments as well.

Wrestling is a winter sport with tryouts on October 30, 2023. 

Coach Wyss, the girls (and boys) wrestling coach, said tryouts will consist of “basic conditioning, wrestling, techniques, and things along those lines.” 

Preseason conditioning started on Monday, September 9 for both the girls and boys teams. Wrestling can offer many benefits to your mind and body, thus, increasing your overall health. 

Josie Slifer, sophomore, said via text, “I’m excited to try a new sport. I hope it can provide an outlet for me to clear my head.” 

As a wrestler, your stamina, strength and endurance will be zeroed in on, improving the athletes, agility, reflexes, and balance. This is a great opportunity for student athletes to stay in-shape throughout their off-season.

Coach Wyss welcomes beginners. “One of the cool things about it is there are girls that have wrestled before highschool but not a lot. It’s just starting grass roots, so just like the boys you don’t need experience come on in and give it a try and see if it’s for you.”

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