Posted Date: 11/22/2021
MAKING WRESTLING HISTORY: These Union High School students are making history as members of the first female wrestling team in school history.
As girls’ participation in wrestling continues to grow in Oklahoma, Union is now the second school in the Tulsa area to have a program.
Darin McAfee is the head coach of the Union team after previously working as an assistant for the Union boys.
“For the past three years, we had a handful,” McAfee said. “At that time, the girls had to work out with the boys. We would run anywhere from seven to 12 girls. Last year, we only had four. We were focused on girls only, but when COVID hit, it set us back a year.”
Eventually, the push for a girls’ program overcame that battle and one was instituted this summer.
The athletic department began talking about the idea of a girls program in 2019, McAfee said.
“It took a lot of work from (Athletic Director) Emily Barkley and (Associate Athletic Director) Steve Dunlap. They pushed for it on a daily basis. I committed to accepting the position as head coach. It was in June when Emily called me in and I agreed to take the position. After that, we picked up the chain, got approval and started going.”
And it took off.