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Girls Wrestling Approved as a Sanctioned Sport

(LITTLE ROCK)  In other business from The Arkansas Activities Association meeting held Wednesday, girls wrestling was approved as a sport, after a presentation was made by Arkansas Wrestling Academy founder Greg Hatcher.

Arkansas is the 19th state to sanction girls wrestling. Hatcher said that the girls state wrestling tournament will be held the Thursday before the annual state wrestling tournament in February at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.

Since wrestling was sanctioned by the AAA in 2008, there have been several successful girls in the sport.

Destiny Nunez of Beebe was the first girl to win a wrestling state championship in Arkansas, earning the 106-pound Class 1A-5A title in 2015.

At the 11th annual state high school wrestling tournament in February, Reyna Rogers of Arkadelphia and Irelan Powell of Mountain View placed third in the 106- and 113-pound categories, respectively, in Class 1A-4A.

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