GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The word “growing” seems to always preface the phrase “women’s wrestling”. And for good reason; in 2018 only six US states offered sanctioned high school girls wrestling. Just four years later, that number has more than quintupled.

Take it to the next level and you’ll find, the Mavericks heading the charge. The CMU Women’s wrestling team produced six All-Americans last season alone. And head coach Travis Mercado says the sky’s the limit for Mesa. “The goal is to make Colorado Mesa Women’s Wrestling the premiere program in the nation. I know we have an uphill battle with competition. But you know what? That’s what I like, I’m about the challenge…” No surprise for local wrestling fans, Colorado Mesa has emerged as a prime destination for girl wrestlers to fine tune their grappling skills.

More than 150 young ladies are packing up their headgear and heading to Grand Junction to participate in CMU’s gauntlet of three camps. The Mesa Men’s team is holding camp the next ten days as well. Spots are still open check out CMU’s Website for more information.