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Saunders to conduct women's wrestling development forum at USGWA High School Nationals in Lake Orion

USA Wrestling will conduct an open forum on the development of women's wrestling during the Fourth Annual USWGA High School Nationals this weekend at Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Mich. The forum will be led by Tricia Saunders, the four-time World champion who has been a leader in developing the sport on all levels. Saunders is considered the greatest female wrestler in U.S. history and is one of the best ever on the international level. Parents, athletes, coaches, fans and wrestling leaders are invited to give their input about the development of women's wrestling in the nation during the session, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, prior to the first session. Opinions about the best strategy to help fuel the growth of women's wrestling on all levels will be discussed. USA Wrestling is taking a leadership role in developing a comprehensive strategy to support the growth of wrestling for girls of all ages. Saunders will also discuss some new initiatives, including the effort to have women's wrestling named as a NCAA emerging sport. USA Wrestling will be holding these open forums at other major events this spring, including the University Nationals, the U.S. Nationals and the Junior/Cadet Women's World Team Trials. All interested in this issue are invited to attend these meetings if they can. Those who have opinions and input are also encouraged to visit, and post their thoughts on the Women's bulletin board. "USA Wrestling is committed to providing everyone in wrestling a chance to have input in the formulation of a national strategy for women's wrestling," said Gary Abbott, Director of Special Projects. "We encourage all people who can attend one of our open forums to share their ideas with us." Tricia Saunders will also have information on USA Wrestling competitions for women as well as Women's Team USA, the U.S. national team. Saunders has won four World gold medals (1992, 1996, 1998, 1999) and a World silver medal (1993). She has won 10 U.S. Women's Nationals titles, a national record, and has never lost to a U.S. female wrestler on the international scene. Saunders competed in wrestling as a child, but left the sport during high school and college due to a lack of wrestling programs for girls. She is working hard to provide today's young women wrestlers with opportunities that were not available when she was growing up. "The travel I have done through wrestling and the friends I have made around the world will last me a lifetime," said Saunders. "I like the concept of the Olympic movement, the national pride and the camaraderie with the athletes. It has changed me forever." Women's wrestling is one of the fastest growing segments of the sport, and has shown growth on many levels. More and more young girls are competing in America's schools, and are looking for other opportunities to test their wrestling skills. This weekend's USGWA National Championships will be feature over 300 of the best girls high school wrestlers in the nation, along with college and youth wrestlers, competing in folkstyle.
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