MarQ Piocos, Editor-in-Chief of Wombat Sports, has put together a documentary that covers the beginning and future of woman and girls in wrestling.
The press release states that,
“Girls, Grappling, and Grit” explores the fastest growing female sport from all angles…
…The NCAA did a study in 2017 to explore what sport has the most growth in girls’ participation among non NCAA sanctioned sports, and the result was wrestling.“Girls, Grappling, and Grit” press release
2017 and 2018 saw rapid growth in the sport of wrestling, with over 50 college teams rready for the 20-19 season and a dozen states deciding to create a separate girls’ high school championship. “Girls, Grappling, and Grit” dives into why the sport has expanded so rapidly and the hurdles it has gone through.
Documentary filmmaker MarQ Piocos traveled across the country for a year, talking to veteran wrestlers and those still on their journey. Experts and coaches in the field explain what benefits girls and women are getting from taking up the sport. He also covered all aspects of the sports – girls just trying it for the first time; an all female high school team; and a women’s collegiate team starting its first year just to name a few stories the project covers.
The film features women’s wrestling pioneers such as, Wrestle Like a Girl’s Sally Roberts and California native, Jessica Philippus. And, to top it all off, Northview High School’s Lady Viking wrestling team is also featured,
The documentary will have its world premiere at the Artemis film Festival on April 28th, at 10:40 AM at the Leammle Monica Film Center, located at 1332 2nd St. in Santa Monica. Ticket information to come.
I, for one, am looking forward to watching it and wish MarQ the best of luck with the premiere.