While it is true that there would be a large number of evenly matched boy and girl wrestlers, I would be shocked if there were co-ed wrestling matches. At the top of level of competition the strength advantage afforded to men is too much to overcome. Co-ed just wouldn’t make sense.
Trying to remember what grade, we had one gym teacher who had us girls also wrestle as part of our class. He was a wrestling coach. I think we girls wrestled other girls. We had to learn the starting position, at least.
I didn’t really like wrestling. I mean, I was okay watching my brothers wrestle, but I didn’t want to. I only did it because it was a requirement.
I’m glad girls aren’t to wrestle boys. It’s inappropriate, and also they are stronger. So, it’s unfair.
Interesting, my experience was far different. At both my junior and senior high schools, many girls wanted to wrestle. Including me, who ended up joining my senior high school wrestling team.
In competition, girls and boys did not wrestle each other, but occasionally that would happen during team practice. I was by far the lightest girl on the team (all of the other girls were in a far different weight class than me) so I was often paired with the lightest guy. I would win matches against him frequently as wrestling is as much technique as it is strength.
So personally, I don’t see the big deal with co-ed wrestling, provided that they are of a similar weight class, and that it is properly done and supervised. I can, however, understand the concern. If there had been a girl my size to practice against, that would have been preferable. But in my case, that was not possible, so co-ed wrestling was my only option if I wanted to wrestle competitively.
Back when my son was in wrestling before high school, some girls were on some of the opposing teams. It was disruptive to tournaments because most of the boys, including my son, refused to wrestle girls and would forfeit the match rather than do it.
I realize technique matters, but strength does too. My son was stronger than he was skilled, relative to some of the others, and it was not unusual for him to simply overpower a more skillful opponent.
Well as I mentioned, boys and girls were segregated in tournaments. My experience with co-ed wrestling was strictly team practice, and it was only done out of necessity.
Strength indeed does matter too, which is why I could not wrestle the other girls on the team. They were far bigger and I was not strong enough to go against them. I was able to defeat the light weight boy on our team but I could not defeat the girls once.
Boys of course are stronger overall but some girls are stronger than some boys (which I think was the case with me, though my technique did help as well).
Even if no one followed this policy, they would soon find out why females against males would never work in wrestling, from a competitive standpoint. The girls would never win. Ever. As a submission grappler, Ive seen women with very extensive training who are high level get dominated by males with very little technique and experience, even males who are smaller than them and seemingly physically inferior in most aspects (height, weight, cardio).
:shrug: This is not necessarily true. Please see my previous posts on this thread about my own wrestling experience. I know it is rare, but surely I cannot be the only female ever to defeat a male in a wrestling match (though this was not at an official tournament but rather at practice). I suppose he could have been going easy on me, but he always seemed frustrated whenever I won, so who knows?
You obviously have way more experience in the sport of wrestling than I do, but I am just stating what I experienced. It is obviously not the norm for females to defeat males in wrestling, but it is not altogether impossible.
Their slant is to be expected. They quoted a lawyer from the “Women’s Law Project”:
Asked on Wednesday about the new policy, Terry L. Fromson, a lawyer with the Women’s Law Project who represented the Beattie family in its case, said in a statement, “The Harrisburg Archdiocese relies on stereotypical generalizations about the differences between girls and boys and notions about safety and propriety that simply don’t stand up.”
My point is this: the left is all for equality…in one direction. They seem to be OK with girls competing in sports normally reserved for boys, but somehow seem to have issues with boys competing in sports normally reserved for girls.