Chick Wrestler Tee

Chick Wrestler Tee

Ever since Women’s Wrestling debuted as an official Olympic event at the Athens games in 2004, annual participation in the sport by girls and young women has increased at a steady rate. However, few high school or collegiate programs have both the athletes and budget required to create an all-female team, which means women must often square off against men in sanctioned events.

When such inter-gender matches take place, several factors come into play that are not evident in same-sex bouts.

  • Uniform considerations: Girls and women need to use wrestling singlets created specifically for the female anatomy. This kind of singlet features a higher cut around the arms and neck area, as well as more generous coverage throughout the chest region.
  • Leverage and technique: Pound for pound, males are typically stronger than females—though many exceptions do exist. That means women need to rely on leverage and technique more than on sheer strength when competing head-to-head against men.
  • Psychology: Some men refuse to wrestle against women, opting to forfeit their matches instead. Sometimes, as in the 2011 Iowa State Championships, the objection is based on religious beliefs. But in many cases the forfeit may be due to the simple fact that men fear the stigma or embarrassment of losing to a woman.

For now, wrestling remains a male-dominated sport. But in order for it to continue growing in popularity, it’s important that girls and young women be given an equal opportunity to participate. Despite the factors listed above, inter-gender matches are the best way to give women access to tough competition until enough all-female teams can be formed.