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Female Elite Wrestling hosts two-day tournament in Coralville

Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 11:29 PM CDT
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CORALVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) - The past weekend saw two girls wrestling tournaments take place at the Greenstate Family Fieldhouse in Coralville.

The individual competition, called “Conflict for Charity,” was on Saturday. The Female Elite Wrestling tournament helped raise funds for The University of Iowa Dance Marathon and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

The team dual competition, where 11 youth teams and 14 high school teams from 7 different states participated in the wrestling tournament, was on Sunday.

“When our daughters started wrestling, if they wanted to wrestle a girl, they often had to go to a big national tournament with a lot of travel expense,” said event director Charlotte Bailey. “With 90 percent of the girls wrestling in Iowa being new, that’s a barrier.”

“If we can bring competition to them and yet still have it be high caliber, this is a really unique opportunity because we’ve got some special coaches who put together teams that they know are developmental,” she added.

The Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association will return to Coralville in January, when the girls wrestling state tournament is held at the Xtream Arena - the same weekend as the USA Wrestling kids state tournament for both girls and boys.

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