May 2018 - By a vote of 204 to 41, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) overwhelmingly voted to separate the previously co-educational sport of wrestling into sex-separated wrestling for both boys and girls. Prior to this historic vote, girls have had to wrestle co-educationally vs. boys if they wanted to compete. Effective July 1, 2018, Missouri is just the 9th State to approve girls wrestling as an official sport for the 2018-2019 season.
Weight classes for 19-20 season 103, 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 142, 152, 166, 187, 235
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Wrestling?
Wrestling is a very difficult but rewarding sport that requires mental toughness, technique, strategy, and endurance. It is open to everyone. All body types, ages, skill sets, weight and height. The only pre-requisite is hard work.
Q: What if i've never wrestled before?
No Problem! This is a brand new sanctioned sport, so most girls will be in the same boat as you. The majority of boys currently in the program had no experience until their freshman year. We have a great coaching staff and system for progresses our wrestlers quickly through basic repetition.
Q: Will I wrestle Boys?
For the next two years, girls can still wrestle in the boys division. This is not a requirement. Francis Howell's plan is to matchup girls from other teams and enter as many Girls' only tournaments as possible, with the goal of placing each wrestler in the best situation for success.
Q: What season does wrestling take place and how long is the season?
High School wrestling is a Winter Sport, and only competes with Basketball and Swimming. The season starts around the 1st of November and extends through mid-February.