Tyler Hodges sees girls wrestling being implemented next season

NEBRASKA CITY – High school girls wrestling is one voting session away from becoming a Nebraska School Activities Association sanctioned sport – the closest it’s ever been.

It’ll take 60 percent approval from the NSAA Representative Assembly during their meeting in April. During second-stage voting at the legislative district meetings in January, four of the six districts voted for girls wrestling to be considered for sanctioning.

The Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association announced in early January it will hold a girls high school state tournament for the first time this season.

Nebraska City Public Schools organized a successful high school and junior high girls program two years ago with their own practices, tournaments and matches.

Head Coach Tyler Hodges, who has been a big advocate for girls wrestling since the discussions began, says there’s no reason why it shouldn’t pass the final vote.

“We’re getting a lot of girls that come from families of wrestlers, whether their brothers were wrestlers or dads were wrestlers. We’re fortunate the girls that we have out have been exposed to it before. I could see – just from talking with some of the girls in our halls – as soon as it becomes an official sport, I bet we’ll pick up another 10 girls pretty easily.”

Nebraska City Athletic Director Matt Koehler also supports the idea and said he will continue to vote to make girls wrestling an NSAA sanctioned sport.

Female wrestler Taylor Moyer was honored with the rest of her teammates during Senior Night on Thursday before the Pioneers hosted Mt. Michael Benedictine. She finished her season with a 13-0 record.

Nebraska City defeated Mt. Michael, 54-24, with wins from Hayden Schalk, Reid Stracke, Jorge Loarca, Lee Hobbs, Josh DeLunger, Chris Adams, Chance Sjulin, Jordan Moyer, Zach Benton and Jaydin Aldana.

The Pioneers compete in the B-1 District Tournament on Feb. 8 and 9 at Platteview High School. Plattsmouth will also participate.

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Weight
Summary
NECI
MMB
106
Hayden Schalk (Nebraska City) over Carter Cline (Mount Michael Benedictine) (Fall 2:57)
6
0
113
Reid Stracke (Nebraska City) over Unknown (For.)
6
0
120
Jorge Loarca (Nebraska City) over Cole McNally (Mount Michael Benedictine) (Dec 8-6)
3
0
126
Lee Hobbs (Nebraska City) over Lincoln Badley (Mount Michael Benedictine) (Fall 2:15)
6
0
132
Josh DeLunger (Nebraska City) over Sam Wooten (Mount Michael Benedictine) (Fall 1:33)
6
0
138
Cameron Detwiler (Mount Michael Benedictine) over Jack Vlahos (Nebraska City) (Fall 1:09)
0
6
145
Chris Adams (Nebraska City) over Jacob Rapoza (Mount Michael Benedictine) (TF 16-1 2:19)
5
0
152
Chance Sjulin (Nebraska City) over Andree Kakish (Mount Michael Benedictine) (MD 12-3)
4
0
160
Jordan Moyer (Nebraska City) over Aidan Pace (Mount Michael Benedictine) (Fall 2:00)
6
0
170
Trevin Detwiler (Mount Michael Benedictine) over Unknown (For.)
0
6
182
Patrick Fayad (Mount Michael Benedictine) over Braedan Chipman (Nebraska City) (Fall 1:12)
0
6
195
Robert Khorram (Mount Michael Benedictine) over Mikah Ruiz (Nebraska City) (Fall 0:40)
0
6
220
Zach Benton (Nebraska City) over Unknown (For.)
6
0
285
Jaydin Aldana (Nebraska City) over Ian Miller (Mount Michael Benedictine) (Fall 1:25)
6
0
Team Score:
54
24
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