New Jersey got its first taste of girls wrestling and the magnitude of the moment was reflected by every individual involved.
On October 10, 2018 officials at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association voted unanimously to make girls wrestling a state-sanctioned sport paving the way for hundreds of New Jersey girl wrestlers to now have their own sport and own tournaments to compete in.
New Jersey becomes the first state in the Northeast to offer the sport and the 12th in the United States.
Previously, girls were required to compete against boys if they desired to wrestle in the high school ranks. More than 120 girls wrestled in the Garden State last year against boys according to Flo Wrestling.
As a new sport, girls will have the choice to compete solely against girls or also against boys during the regular season and up to the regional championships. At that point, they will need to decide to compete in the post season either against boys or girls only.
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