Monday, March 4, 2013
Women's wrestling enjoys growth spurt
By Lizzie Haldane
Kelsey Campbell, right, was the first woman to wrestle for Arizona State before qualifying for the London Olympics.
One of the most celebrated presidents, Abraham Lincoln -- who became the 16th on this day in 1861 -- was a highly skilled wrestler and an avid fan of the sport. Recently, wrestling was dropped from Olympic competition. On the flip side, it's one of the fastest growing sports for girls and women in the United States. Since 1994, the number of girls who wrestle in high school has grown from 804 to over 8,000 and the number of intercollegiate women’s wrestling teams has gone from six to 21 in just five years.