BROKEN ARROW — For the first time in state history, a local high school announced they are creating a girls varsity wrestling program.
Broken Arrow announced Monday that Oklahoma City University standout Cassidy Jasperson would be the head coach.
“At Broken Arrow, we consistently seek new ways to lead and follow our students into the future,” said Broken Arrow Executive Director of Athletics Steve Dunn in a news release. “We take pride in doing our part to expand girls wrestling here in Oklahoma.”
Jasperson was captain of OCU's women's wrestling program before accepting the head coaching position at Broken Arrow, school officials said.
“Wrestling has had such a positive impact on my life, and I am excited to have been chosen to lead the first girl's program in the state of Oklahoma,” said Jasperson in a news release. “I can’t wait to get started and introduce the female athletes in Broken Arrow to this amazing sport.”
Since 1994, girl wrestlers have grown from 800 to more than 16,500. This year, 87 girls wrestled in Oklahoma.
Jasperson will inherit sophomore Allison Hynes, who is the reigning Oklahoma USA Youth Wrestling League state champion.
“Coach Jasperson is the perfect fit to lead our new program,” said Dunn. “She is a proven technician of the sport, but what stood out the most is her high energy and infectious personality. Our young ladies will greatly benefit from her leadership and experience on the mat.”
School officials said the wrestling program will fill their schedule - both of duals and tournaments - beginning with the 2019-20 season.
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