Dick Maloney, CNE Schools via The Clermont Sun |
The members of Clermont Northeastern High School’s first girls wrestling team have many and varied reasons for competing in the sport, but also have one thing in common – a place in history. CNE is fielding a girls team for the first time in 2020-2021.
Technically, CNE’s is a co-ed program, with girls listed on the boys team roster and eligible to compete in boys matches.
They practice together, in the wrestling room on the ground floor of the old CNE Elementary School in Owensville – boys at one end, girls at another. Coach Scott Wells sits between the two groups, or moves back and forth, as his assistants share instruction.
“I thought it was going to be a little more difficult than it is. They just want to be out here and wrestle,” Wells said. “They’re just like anybody else. There hasn’t been any real challenges that I have come across yet. There’s no real drama or no real anything else that, they’re just wrestlers. They step out there, it doesn’t matter, gender or anything. They just want to come out there and compete and have fun.”
Nationally, the sport is growing. In 2018-2019, the most recent season for which numbers are available, there were more than 21,000 girls wrestling at the high school level – an increase of more than 4,500 from the prior season, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.