All-Girls Wrestling Team a Hit
at Inwood School
INWOOD When the Inwood Academy for Leadership
Charter School launched a co-ed wrestling program last
year, only a handful of grapplers showed up for tryouts
and most of them were boys.
So, this year, the team's coach and athletic director
decided to split the squad between girls and boys to
encourage more participation from the ladies.
The move resulted in 16 girls from the school trying
out for and making the team a bigger turnout
than their male counterparts.
"I had more girls interested in wrestling than
I did for track," said wrestling coach Andrew Dos
Santos, 25, a former college wrestler, referring to
his other coaching job at the charter school.
But that interest alone didn't automatically translate
to success for the girls, who have had to face off against
boys as one of the only all-girls middle school wrestling
teams in the city, Dos Santos said.
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