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Girls State Wrestling

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Madisen Peterson competed in the first Girls State Wrestling Championship held on Feb. 1 at York High School. Peterson placed third overall. “It was a fun experience getting to know girls from different places that I haven’t met at previous meets.” Peterson stated. “Personally I think I did well but I could’ve done better. I should’ve pushed myself and hopefully next year I can improve so instead of third I can get first.”

Peterson will still be practicing for districts this week and NSAA state wrestling to come. “I will be focusing more on the small techniques instead of the big picture.” Peterson said. 

It’s been a year since the proposal to make girls wrestling a sport in Nebraska failed by one vote to make. More than 100 high school girls gathered for the tournament. Girls wrestling is not recognized by NSAA but the tournament was held by Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association. They wanted the girls to have the same opportunities as the boys do.

Now that the first girls state is over with, coaches are looking for a bright future and hopefully will be recognized as a high school sport. 

“I am very happy that there is a girls state it gives us a feasible level because guys are more physical and stronger than girls so its even competition,” Peterson also stated.