Inaugural girls state wrestling opening doors
by Trinity Gruenberg
Competing in wrestling at the state level is a true honor for competitors.
This year, female wrestlers were able to compete in their own section on an individual level at the inaugural girls' state wrestling event held at the Excel Center on March 5. BHVPP wrestler Abby Ervasti took second place in the 145 lb. division at the event.
The first-ever Minnesota State High School League girls wrestling state tournament included over 40 girls who participated. The tournament ran concurrently with the boys' tournament.
Ervasti, a sophomore, is no stranger to state competitions, as she has attended the state team competitions. But this was the first time she competed as an individual.
“It’s hard to make it in the boys' division as a girl,” she said.
The announcement of the girl’s division was a mixture of relief and happiness for Ervasti.
“When you’re younger you don’t realize you’ll get an opportunity to do that. The idea of our own girls' tournament at the state level was unheard of,” she explained. . .