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Longhorn Girls' Wrestling Program Featured on Cleveland 19 News

Jessica Miller | Tuesday, February 26, 2019
To view the Cleveland 19 News story, click here. Courtesy Cleveland 19 News. 

For decades, Lutheran West's wrestling program has maintained a strong tradition and storied history. For most of those years, wrestling was thought of as primarily a boys' sport, with female team members numbering few to none. 

Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a continuously-running athletic program, Lutheran West Wrestling is now turning a new page in its history book with the addition of a girls' wrestling team at our high school. 

Long-time head coach and Lutheran West alumnus Dave Ressler '86 said in the news story, "We're just about promoting the sport and giving the girls the same opportunity that the boys have had for over fifty years."

The story, airing on Cleveland 19 News, highlights the benefits of girls wrestling programs for young women who, despite an interest in the sport, still faced an inherent disadvantage when competing with male counterparts -- even in the same weight class. 

Ressler hopes that in the very near future, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) will sanction the sport of girls' wresting. As the news story reports, there are over 240 girls across the State of Ohio currently competing on their high schools' boys' wrestling teams. Because girls' and women's wresting is now one of the fastest-growing sports at the high school and collegiate levels, it seems promising that more and more official girls' teams will be added to athletic slates at high schools like Lutheran West. 

It's a new day for women's wrestling, and Lutheran West is proud to be a pioneer in the sport. 

To view the Cleveland 19 News story, click here. Courtesy Cleveland 19 News. 

For more information on women's wrestling at Lutheran West, contact Coach Dave Ressler '86 at 

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