Five Big Things Happening In High School Girls Wrestling

Five Big Things Happening In High School Girls Wrestling

Get caught up on the hottest topics in high school girls wrestling with historic feats and standout performances at state tournaments and National Preps.

Feb 28, 2024 by Koral Sugiyama
Five Big Things Happening In High School Girls Wrestling

Girls have been making history. Jasmine Robinson won a fourth state title this month, some of the nation's best girls continue to push themselves in the boys wrestling divisions, two East-coast freshmen continue to dominate whatever division they enter, and only five states are left to be sanctioned. 

Jasmine Robinson: Four-time State Champ

Jasmine Robinson, ranked fifth nationally in the pound-for-pound rankings,  joined the four-timers club last week, becoming only the fourth girl in Texas wrestling to do so since its establishment in 1999 and the second from Allen High School. The U17 World bronze medalist helped Allen, the #4 high school team in the nation, win its fourth consecutive team title. Robinson ended her senior year 43-0 and her high school career with a 137-1 record. Robinson blew through her competition to win the 168-pound state title, pinning each of her four opponents in less than two minutes. Robinson will continue her wrestling career with the World Class Athlete Program.

Morgan Turner Claims State Title After Six-Week Break

Morgan Turner won an Illinois girls’ state title at 110 pounds this past weekend after taking six weeks off due to an injury she suffered during her boys’ season. If you’re unfamiliar with the 2023 U17 World champion, just last year she won Fargo by defeating freshman phenom Jaclyn Bouzakis, picked up a Girls’ High School Showcase title with a decision over Caley Graber who just qualified for Minnesota’s boys state, and she was the first girl to make the podium at Illinois’ boys state with a third-place finish. 

In the boys’ semifinals of the Al Dvorak Invitational in December, one of Illinois’ toughest in-season tournaments, Turner injured her shoulder early on in the match. With a broken shoulder and torn labrum, Turner’s season against the boys came to a close. After six weeks off, the Lockport sophomore was cleared to wrestle against girls the day before the regional tournament, which she won then went on to win sectionals to qualify for state. 

Turner announced her injury on January 27 on Instagram. 

Illinois Matmen consistently ranked Turner in the top 10 in the boys' division at 106 leading up to her injury. Going into the girls’ state tournament, Turner was ranked #1 at 110. 

During her state tournament run, three out of four of Turner’s opponents were ranked in the top six by Illinois Matmen and lost to Turner by either technical fall or pin. 

Historic Wins at Boys State

Audrey Jimenez became the first girl to win an Arizona state title in the boys tournament. The Sunnyside senior was the #1 seed and opened up the tournament with two falls, a 6-2 decision in the semis, and a 7-5 decision in the finals at 106 pounds. Jimenez won girls state titles her first three years but entered the boys division for her final year of eligibility. Six days later, Jimenez earned a bronze medal at the Pan-American Championships in Acapulco, Mexico.

Julianna Ocampo became the first girl to reach the podium at the Indiana state championship, where she placed sixth at 106. She won her first match Friday night, solidifying her spot on the stand. Ocampo trailed 9-1 in the first period against senior Alonzo Chantea, charged back in the second period with a takedown and two turns and reversed Chantea to his back in the final minute for a fall.  


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Two of Indiana’s 2020’s Olympians paved the state path for girls. Sarah Hildebrandt was the first girl to qualify for semi-state and Kayla Miracle was the first to qualify for the state tournament. Ocampo is just a junior and plans to continue raising the bar next year. 

Maddie Ripley captured her second boys state title in Maine at 113. Three days earlier, the senior won a title at 107 in the girls division. Ripley joined her brother, Gavin Ripley, as a multi-state champ. He won his third state title the same day. 

Bouzakis and Fernandez win Prep Nationals 

All eight of Wyoming Seminary athletes who wrestled earned their way to the finals at Prep Nationals last week in Bethlehem, Pa., and five took home the championships to earn the team title with a 73-point lead. Highly ranked stars Jaclyn Bouzakis (100), Rianne Murphy (107), Emma Bacon (120), Taina Fernandez (126) and Isis France (138) all won titles.  

Bouzakis picked up three falls during her title run. Pennsylvania’s freshman is #1 at 100 pounds and #4 in the pound-for-pound rankings. Recently, she won a U17 gold medal at the Klippan Open. She also made some noise after winning the Warrior Open over two #1 college athletes: Providence’s Erin Hikiji (NAIA) and Iowa’s Sterling Dias (NCAA). 

Fernandez boasts accolades just as good. Arch Bishop Spalding’s freshman won Prep Nationals at 126 by pinning her way through the tournament, including a win over Ironman champion Victoria Carbonaro, which was a rematch of last year’s Fargo final that Fernandez won 11-0. 

45 Sanctioned States

The 2023-2024 season is coming to an end with only five states remaining to fight for their state associations to sanction girls wrestling as a high school sport. The rate at which states are adopting the sport is rapid. Hawaii was the first to be sanctioned in 1998. It would take 16 years for the original six to be fully established and another four years for a seventh state to join. 

Since 2018, 38 more states have sanctioned girls' high school wrestling. 

Louisiana was the latest sanction in January. Indiana and Virginia hold emerging sports status while they work to meet their state’s participant quotas, and Mississippi, Vermont, and Delaware are still trying to get involved.