POLACCA -- Girls are becoming more involved in high school wrestling.
This year, Hopi High has two female wrestlers, Monument Valley has eight girls wrestling, Winslow has seven and Ganado has four.
Hopi High Wrestling Coach John Schimon said he doesn't mind having girls wrestle, but he thinks it would be better if they had their own girls teams with their own girls coaches.
"Then they'd be more competitive if it was just girls, and I think more girls would come out if there was a girls team," he said.
Gabby Puhuyesva, in the 130-pound category, from Hopi started the season off right by winning her only match at the Hopi Invite.
Hopi, Ganado, Greyhills and Pinon gave its wrestlers some experience with the season opener Nov. 22 at Hopi High School.
But no scores were kept as the schools just wanted to give the wrestlers some experience as they prepare for the season.
Coach Schimon said the Bruin wrestlers hustled, but his wrestlers are not in shape yet and need to work harder at their moves.
He said if his wrestlers can stay academically eligible that they can contend for the final four in conference so that they can move on to state.
"We also have some legitimate wrestlers who can do well at state," he said.
Of the Hopi wrestlers, Hoover Nahsingoitewa was among the most impressive as he won all three of his matches and he pinned each of his opponents.
Hopi's Shaun Whitehair, in the heavyweight category, won his only match.
Hopi wrestlers Devin Dick, Charles Austin, Stanley
Lomayestewa, Nathan Tallas and Ira Puhuyesva each won one of two matches.
"This was a good way to start the season," Coach Schimon said.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)