MCPHERSON, Kan. (KWCH) -- McPherson hosted the first-ever girls wrestling tournament Saturday and teams are hoping this will help get the sport the support it needs to become a sanctioned sport in Kansas.
50 wrestlers from 36 different schools participated in the tournament.
The league already has more than the KSHSAA-required 24 schools to be officially recognized, but some schools only have one or two wrestlers on each team.
McPherson, on the other hand, has 12 wrestlers.
Head Coach Doug Kretzer said the school makes an effort to recruit.
"We work really hard to get girls out, we put fliers up in the hallways," he said. "For us to put forth the effort to grow the numbers, to aggressively recruit and make the effort to build the program has been the difference."
Megan Manning is a sophomore on his team. She also currently wrestles with the McPherson boys' wrestling team, but she's pushing for an all girls team.
"Getting an all girls team would be great because there's so many girls that are scared to come out because they have to wrestle boys," she said. "We'd get a lot more girls if it were all girls."