Jayleah Pletz Talks wrestling with SV Sports
There are currently over 90 girls wrestling teams in Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 girls in 7th-12th grades have started wrestling since the first official team was formed in March of 2020. While girls wrestling isn't yet sanctioned by the PIAA, the increased popularity of the sport can't be denied. The PIAA can consider sanctioning a championship when 100 high schools approve teams. However, a state tournament has been held for girls and Jayleah Pletz of Gov. Mifflin has made her mark. Pletz won a state title as a freshman in 2020. She was on top of the podium again as a sophomore. Last year, Pletz was a state runner-up. She's optimistic about her chances this season. "I plan to win again. I don't know how all the brackets are looking. We always have some top girls around my weight," said Pletz. She expects to compete in the 106-pound weight class this year. Pletz has been part of the Mustangs' boys wrestling varsity team for four years. She thanked her coaches for all of their support. "Asking if I need help, if they can open the [wrestling] room, making sure I'm cutting weight the right way, and being there for anything I need," replied Pletz. She finished in sixth place at this year's Berks County Individual Championships. Pletz began wrestling in 5th grade after watching her brother. She's also on the soccer team at Gov. Mifflin. Pletz told SV Sports' Paul Roberts about the reactions she gets when people find out that she's a wrestler. They also discussed what Pletz likes to do when she's not training. Pletz enjoys shopping, especially for shoes. She also mentioned her favorite foods, TV shows, and teachers.