Girls wrestling gains popularity


Brianna Griffey

Katie Emerson at a Delphi wrestling meet.

The Delphi girls wrestling team has developed and flourished this season. Over the years, the wrestling team didn’t have a large number of girls participating, but now they have four girl wrestlers, becoming the largest girls team Delphi has ever had. This opens opportunities for them to advance in a girls bracket.

Coaches Shane Evans and Michael Atwood took the girls to several all girls meets at Lebanon, Lafayette Jeff , as well as the state tournament. Katie Emerson, Taylor Martin, and Amaily Long all went to the regional at Penn High School in Mishawaka. However, Amaily was unable to compete due to an injury. Katie lost two matches, causing her not to advance. Taylor Martin won her first and third match, but lost in her second and final match. She placed fourth in her bracket, but only the top two advanced as state finalists. 

Although they were unable to advance, this does not necessarily mark the end of their season. According to ISHAA rules, girls are allowed to wrestle in the boy’s sectional. Jan. 28, the girls will compete in their weight class at the sectional meet held at Lafayette Jeff High School.