Area coaches react to IGHSAU wrestling decision

By Kristi Nixon

DES MOINES — The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union recently made the announcement that many were expecting after last year’s girls state wrestling tournament: it will go to a two-class system in 2024-25.

Osage’s Maddie Swenson has her arm raised during the 2024 girls state wrestling tournament. The 2025 state meet will expand to two classes. File photo

The move will place the 64 largest wrestling schools into Class 2A, with the remaining schools competing in Class 1A.

Current area girls wrestling coaches took the news with mixed reaction.

“As always, change can be challenging,” St. Ansgar coach Katie Walk said. “I am excited to think that the growth of the sport now supports the decision to have two separate classes. I don’t think it’s a perfect solution, and it has its own set of pros and cons, but I do believe it is a step in the right direction.”

The full story appears in the June 5 print and e-editions of the Enterprise Journal.

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