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By Todd Irwin

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Women’s wrestling has gained momentum in Pennsylvania in recent years thanks to the Sanction PA movement. High schools across the state began adding programs for girls.

Northern Bedford became the 36th school in the state to add girls’ wrestling on April 12. The Panthers are the second District 5 team to add girls’ wrestling, joining Chestnut Ridge, which became the 24th school to form an all-girls program on November 21, 2021.

For Northern Bedford, it was just a natural progression from what she already had.

“A few years ago, Dave and Jen Fouse talked about adding an elementary girls program,” Northern Bedford coach Brian Dutchcot said. “They wanted the girls to be more comfortable to get a little more participation. It really took off at Northern. Many girls participated.

“As they got older, they continued to play the sport. Along the way, they’ve competed at higher levels, doing different things in different areas. We had girls who qualified for PJWs. We’ve seen girls wrestle in the MYHouse State Championship, with Jordyn Fouse winning a State Championship this year.

“I’m beyond excited for us to get it,” said Jordyn Fouse. “I can’t wait to see how this will grow women’s wrestling in North Bedford. I’ve wanted this since I can remember. Finally getting this team is just a dream. I can’t wait to see how it grows and all the little girls who get to see how awesome this sport is as I got to experience it.

While it was exciting for schools that added girls’ teams, the PIAA did not change its decision not to sanction the sport until 100 schools added the sport. This means that there will be no PIAA post-season until the magic number of 100 is reached.

“I personally can’t imagine this happening while I’m still in high school,” Fouse said. “It’s grown very quickly in the past, but I’m just hoping to spread the word, bring in as many teams as possible and allow the generations below me to experience this awesome sport.”

“The plan is that they will always be with us in the wrestling room,” said Dutchcot. “They will continue to do what we have been working on for the past two years. The girls in our junior high program train with our junior high wrestlers. They compete in the starting lineup.

“Some girls have worked their way into our roster this year, and they will continue to do so for us. As for the girls program, it now gives them the opportunity to be part of Northern Bedford when they wrestle in a girls wrestling tournament or event.

“We are still working on the double encounter aspect. We are still in communication on how we will handle this situation and how we will arrange double dates with other girl programs in Western Pennsylvania.

Jordyn Fouse was a big reason the Panthers added the sport. Fouse went 14-14 with eight pins as a 126-pound rookie on the boys’ team last season, with eight of those wins over boys. Two other girls have fought 14 fights combined for Northern Bedford.

“My freshman year, I learned a lot from wrestling guys,” Fouse said. “I didn’t realize how strong they were going to be. I have a lot of experience up my sleeve, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this summer and next season unfolds. I’m very hungry. I can’t wait for next season to arrive. »

“Jordyn is the pioneer,” said Dutchcot. “She definitely raised the bar. She set the bar very high. I think a lot of freshmen would be very happy with (the 14-14 record). Many coaches, parents, spectators and even referees and officials have come and mentioned his dedication, commitment and mental toughness to be out there and compete against boys.

Shortly after the end of high season, Fouse won a state title at age 130 at the MYHouse Girls State Wrestling Championships on March 13 at Central Dauphin High School.

Fouse went 4-0 in the tournament at 130 with two pins, a major 13-2 decision in the semis and a major 9-0 decision over Kayla Husti-Luca in the final. At the same event, Patron Plummer of Chestnut Ridge won his second consecutive title.

“It was very important to me” Fouse said. “It’s been a goal for a long time.”

Fouse has won or placed in numerous state and national tournaments. She won titles at the Keystone State Championships and the Tulsa Girls Nationals in eighth grade.

“Everything She Gets, She Works For” said Dutchcot. “She is definitely one of the hardest workers in the wrestling room.

“She’ll come to our practice, and then she’ll also go and look for other practices. She’s looking for other areas of training — not just wrestling, but she’ll be working on conditioning and strength training with other bands and other members to improve. She just works constantly.

Northern Bedford’s Raegan Snider finished sixth with 136 points at the MyHouse tournament. She was also a runner-up in the girls division of the PJW State Championships on March 4.

Dutchcot said Fouse, Snider and any other girls would be allowed to wrestle for both the boys’ program and the girls’ program.

“I spoke to Coach (Biff) Walizer (Central Mountain) last year, and I attended one of the PA sanctioning meetings, and we tossed around some ideas,” said Dutchcot.

“It’s just one of those things where we’ll work together and find a solution. That’s one thing I love about the wrestling community. You sit down and figure things out. Things get done.

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