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On National Girls and Women in Sports Day this Wednesday, post team pictures using #MyWrestlingTeam and #NGWSD

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Image of King University women's wrestling team courtesy of King Athletics.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is Wednesday, February 2, and USA Wrestling would like to celebrate the explosive growth of women’s wrestling through a social media campaign.

This year, we would like to celebrate the fact that wrestling is not just an individual sport, but also a team sport, by putting spotlight on teams for girls and women.

Wrestling for girls and women is exploding across the nation, easily one of the fastest growing sports for females in the nation. A big part of this growth is coming because there are more and more wrestling teams being created for girls and women at all levels.

We are asking female wrestlers, coaches and leaders to post a picture of their team on social media, using the hashtag #MyWrestlingTeam, as well as the hashtag for the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which is #NGWSD.

We are looking for teams at every level, including youth clubs, junior high and high school teams, state association teams, college teams, age-group World teams and Senior-level teams, including clubs and Regional Training Centers.

Go ahead. Show off your wrestling team on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms, and help USA Wrestling join the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday.

Some Fun Facts:

• There are now over 115 colleges and university which have varsity women’s wrestling teams, or are currently forming programs

• There are 34 state high school associations which host or have announced an official state girls wrestling championships, plus unofficial girls state meets in most other states. State team champions are named in most of these competitions.

• USA Wrestling sends international teams of girls and women to World and Continental championships at the U15, U17, U20, U23 and Senior levels each year.

• The last year in which the NFHS published participation statistics was in 2019-20, and there were 2,819 high school girls wrestling teams.

• At the 2021 USA Wrestling USMC Junior and 16U Nationals in Fargo, N.D., there were a record 45 state association teams entered in the girls competition

• The USA was the World Team champions in women’s freestyle in 1999.