WAVERLY(KWWL)--The second annual IWCOA Girls state Wrestling tournament has gone from 87 wrestlers in its inaugural year….
To 369 on the mat in the Go-Hawk gymnasium in Waverly this weekend. .
Girls wrestling is not a sanctioned high school sport---but tournament director Dave Litterer says there is a lot of momentum to change that.
Dave Litterer, Tournament Director "It is my feeling for sure it is just a matter of time and as they see the numbers--the sheer number they are looking at they'll have to do something so this is kid of like the preliminary stages of anything that is new… you go thru a process and that process is what we are looking at right now."
Some of the weight classes have five rounds….
This means a girl could be required to win a handful of matches in less than two days--- to capture a state title. After getting a pin in her first state meet…. Ava Davis of Iowa City West told me---whatever it takes.
"Oh it was tough but I really went through it..Couldn't stop trying I couldn't give up I am so focused on getting a win I need to win so I just pushed through I had to get the win and I remembered everything I could not give up."