The Blue Devil athletic program might be growing again, providing additional opportunities to meet the interests of students. Huntington UFSD is considering the creation of a winter season girls’ wrestling team.
Girls’ wrestling is growing in popularity. Many Long Island districts have established programs. A county tournament was even held last winter. Newsday profiled the rapid growth of the sport and some of its emerging stars. It’s been catching on nationally and even internationally.
The athletic directors of Huntington High School, Harborfields, Walt Whitman and Elwood-John H. Glenn have discussed developing a combined program to ensure there are enough workout partners and athletes to cover all the weight classes.
No final decisions have been made, but Section XI and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association are both fully behind the sport and the opportunities it will present to female athletes.
Several girls recently stopped in Huntington’s athletic office to express their interest and as word spreads, officials believe additional students will come forward. The three other high schools in the possible consortium are holding interest meetings now.
If Huntington does move forward with a team, a coach will be hired to work with the athletes and accompany them to practices, meets and tournaments.
Superintendent James W. Polansky is spearheading the growth of the Blue Devil program. If interest exists, he believes students should be able to compete.
Students interested in participating can stop in the athletic office or send a message to Huntington athletic director Jim Hoops at email@example.com.