La Crosse to host first ever WIAA Girls Wrestling Tournament

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– This Saturday is the first-ever WIAA individual girls state wrestling tournament, right in town at the La Crosse Center.

The tournament format will feature 12 weight classes featuring 261 athletes, and Holmen will have 14 girls competing for titles, second only to Milwaukee Reagan with 19.

16 years ago, less than 5,000 girls competed in wrestling. Two years ago, it ballooned to over 28,000, and now 31 states have their own girls state tournament.

For WIAA associate director Mel Dow, holding the first-ever girls state tournament in La Crosse came down to timing and past success.

“The office here wanted to make sure they had a championship event very similar feel to what we have for our other championship events,” Dow said.

“La Crosse Center was a great venue for basketball last year with the COVID year. It’s been host to other great events, so it was a really good fitting.”

Prelims start at 9 a.m. Saturday. $11 gets you an all-day ticket, which you can only get online through the service “GoFan.”