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Big Walnut Girls Wrestling

Can girls wrestle? Absolutely……...Last year, Big Walnut had girls on both the High School and Middle School wrestling programs. In fact, both of our High School girls wrestled at the first-ever State Girls Wrestling Championship and placed 2nd and 3rd.

For the past five years, girls wrestling has been the fastest growing High School sport in the US. Ohio has mirrored this significant growth. Big Walnut has embraced the growth of girls wrestling and is seeking out girls who are interested in the challenge of learning something new.

How does it work? Wrestling is and has been for decades, a COED sport in Ohio. This means that girls can compete on the team alongside boys. In fact, in 1982 I wrestled a girl in my first year of wrestling in High School. What has changed in the past two years is that there are more and more girls only events being held in the state. There are also a few teams that are fielding full girls wrestling teams. Girls on the Big Walnut team can choose to wrestle against boys or only wrestle against other girls. Our girls currently compete against boys and also the girls-only events. Due to having girls on the team the last few years, our boys are completely comfortable with having them in the room and treat them with the respect as teammates.

Girls wrestle against competitors in their weight class. There are 16 girls High school weight classes (101, 106, 111, 116, 121, 126, 131, 137, 143, 150, 160, 170, 189, 235). In middle school, they are (80, 86, 92, 98, 104, 110, 116, 122, 128, 134, 142, 150, 160, 172, 205 and 245).

If you have a daughter in Middle School or High School who might be interested in this challenge, please contact us at

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Head Coach, Aaron Renner

Asst. Coach, Jack Reall

                    Aliya Martin


         Cali Lang (2nd from right)