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Eddyville-Blakesburg's Megan Black, top, in 2012 became the first girl to ever win a contested match at the Iowa state boys tournament. This month, Iowa will conduct its first girls state tournament.

The boys state wrestling tournament has been a tradition across Iowa for decades.

This month, girls in the state will start a tradition of their own.

The first girls state wrestling tournament will be Jan. 19 at Waverly-Shell Rock High School, the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association announced Friday in a press release.

The coaches’ association said 157 Iowa girls are participating this year, up from 93 last year. Nationally, more than 16,000 girls wrestled during the 2017-18 school year, nearly double the 2014 total.

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All girls competing on wrestling teams sponsored by Iowa High School Athletic Association member schools are eligible.

The event will have 10 weight classes ranging from 106 pounds to 285. The top six wrestlers in each class and the top three teams will be recognized.

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