GREAT FALLS — On Monday, the Montana High School Association executive board approved the addition of high school girls wrestling as a sanctioned sport, which is welcome news to Providence women’s wrestling head coach Carlene Sluberski.
And it was welcome news that added to an already good week for Sluberski, as her Argos came off a team win in the Oregon Classic on Saturday. She was a little surprised the motion passed on the first try, but she’s excited that it’s now a reality. Given that Providence is the only college in Montana with a women’s wrestling team, Sluberski’s local recruiting pool could get a lot bigger in the coming years.
"I’m really excited. I can’t believe it was sanctioned so quickly. I think a lot of states might even have more girls wrestling, and they’re still farther behind. I think that is huge for Montana," Sluberski said. "It just opens things right up. I know that there’s a lot of tough girls that come out of Montana, and for the men’s team as well as far as recruiting the men in the state. I think it’ll be great to go out and get local girls from Montana to come in and be able to compete."