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Illinois High School Association

More female wrestlers competing in Illinois high schools

Illinois high school sports officials say they're seeing fewer boys but more girls in competitive wrestling.

Data from the Illinois High School Association show that 394 girls have appeared on wrestling rosters this season, an 11 percent increase over the 355 girls who wrestled last year.

"Girls are keeping the sport afloat," said Tony Clarke, an IHSA wrestling official, adding that the number of male competitors has dropped.

Kylie Miller, a freshman at Grant Park High School, told the Daily Journal ( that her first career win was against a male opponent, proving that girls can compete in a male-dominated sport. Her sister, Angie,...