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Pony girls will hit the mat this winter

Among many changes to the upcoming season, Havre High has added girls wrestling


Last updated 12/21/2020 at 7:42am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Mask wearing will be a new part of high school wrestling this season. But what is really new to Havre High this year is girls wrestling. The Montana High School Association added girls wrestling last spring, and Havre High added it for the upcoming winter with four girls out for wrestling this season. The girls include Clara Laird, Maleigha Fuzesy and Brooklyn Nelson and Aliyah Stiffarm (not pictured).

It was a decision that didn't get much attention initially. But a unanimous vote by the Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees earlier this month set in motion a historic path to what is sure to already be an unusual high school wrestling season.

The HPS board passed a request to officially add girls wrestling as its own Blue Pony sport, effective immediately. The Montana High School Association had made girls wrestling official last school year, and many schools immediately picked up the sport. However, at the time, Havre High hadn't had a female wrestler in the program in recent years....

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