BAYONNE, NJ- Three Bayonne High School wrestlers are set to make history on Sunday as they head to Red Bank to compete in the first ever girls wrestling state regional tournament. While females have long competed against boys on the mat this season marks the sport was officially recognized by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the body that oversees high school athletics in New Jersey.
Meral Wadea, who Coach Jared Luciani called a “trailblazer” for the BHS female program last season, will compete at 105 pounds while her teammates Somaia Elokda and Jahleaha Chamber will both compete at 136 pounds.
Asked about the addition of girls wrestling to the high school athletic roster Luciani told TAPinto Bayonne that the female athletes “have proven that they are just as tough and as hardworking as the boys.” Luciani also believes it will bring a who new fan base to the sport and help it to become one of the most popular for scholar athletes.
“Women’s wrestling has changed the mindset” about the sport Luciani continued adding that while those that don’t understand it may see it as “savage” it truly is an art like karate of mixed martial arts.
“I’m so proud of our girls,” Luciani concluded. “They are such a joy to be around and bring a little different personality to our team and the sport.”