The Iowa AAU is hosting its first ever high school girls state championship this weekend in Des Moines.
During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe sits down with Jason Lloyd, Iowa AAU Women’s Wrestling Director and National AAU Women’s Co-Director for Women’s Wrestling. Lloyd says despite being the largest growing wrestling demographic, girls may face opposition in pursuing the male-dominated sport.
"There are those who don't believe the girls should be on the mat, but obviously, they deserve equal value as an athlete on the mat just the same as the boys as in any other sport," Lloyd says.
"They're going to do nothing but add quality and value to the sport as whole as they begin to participate more and more."
187 girls will be in competition for state titles at the AAU Iowa Girls State Championship this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.