The MSHSL Representative Assembly approved a girls wrestling division during the postseason but fell two votes short of approving the addition of boys volleyball as a League-sanctioned activity.

A MSHSL News Release says the 48-member Representative Assembly legislative body of the Minnesota State High School League held their annual meeting.

"Proposed bylaw amendments require a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  Both amendment proposals were approved by 9 of the 16 administrative regions prior to reaching the Representative Assembly for consideration.

"Today's meeting demonstrated the significant desire for youth sports programs to be adopted by the Minnesota State High School League and for students to have the opportunity  to represent their school as they compete," said Erich Martens, the League's Executive Director.  "The decision by our membership to offer our girls in wrestling the chance to compete for individual honors in their own postseason division is a big step.  Minnesota now joins other regional states like North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri in offering this opportunity for girl wrestlers."

The News Release goes on to say,

"Under the approved amendment, girls will train and compete with boys teams during the regular season, but will have the option of competing in a girls-only individual section and state tournament that would occur simultaneously with the boys postseason individual tournaments.  As part of the approved amendment, girls would be eligible to remain a part of the boys team for postseason dual tournaments."

According to numbers provided by MSHSL during the 2019-2020 season, 153 girls in Minnesota participated in high school wrestling.  More than 21,000 female wrestlers are competing nationally.

Faribault High School Wrestling Head Coach Jesse Armbruster told KDHL, "I'm happy the girls will have their own division to compete in at state. Girls wrestling is a growing sport and I think it will help grow the entire sport of wrestling."

A proposed amendment to add Boys Volleyball fell two votes shy of passage.  29 members voted in favor, 18 against with one abstention.

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