OHSAA recognizes girls’ wrestling, boys’ volleyball from 2022-23

COLUMBUS — In a landmark move Thursday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors voted unanimously to add girls’ wrestling and boys’ volleyball as emerging sports beginning with the 2022-23 school year (next season). In addition, the board voted to move girls and boys lacrosse from the emerging sports category to the list of OHSAA-recognized sports, and the board also pledged to partner with a group to host a tournament in esports (gaming). to organise.

The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association has hosted a girls’ wrestling tournament since 2020, and the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association has hosted this tournament since 1988.

In that time, Moeller has won eight state titles (including last season), Elder five, St. Xavier three, Fenwick two (including Division II last season) and Lebanon two.

Among the girls’ wrestlers from Southwest Ohio, Harrison’s Chloe Dearwester and Norwood’s Lizbeth Banderas won individual state championships last winter.

Harrison's Chloe Dearwester, center, smiles on the podium after earning her 106-pound weight class championship medal at the OHSWCA Girls State Wrestling Tournament at Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio on Feb. 20, 2021.  Dearwester is flanked by Chelsea Horsley of Bellefontaine, left, and Emma Swart of Marysville.

“The OHSAA has been talking to the boys’ volleyball and girls’ wrestlers’ leaders for years, and we are now in a position to bring these two sports into the OHSAA,” said OHSAA Director Doug Ute. “This move will help those sports grow and enable those student athletes to compete for an OHSAA state championship. It will give more opportunities to children and that is the mission of the OHSAA.”

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