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Broken Arrow hires Tori Adams to lead girls wrestling program

Broken Arrow Athletics has pegged Tori Adams to serve as the head girls wrestling coach after a national search.

In the first two seasons of OSSAA sanctioned girls wrestling, the Tigers have crowned four individual state champions and won the 2021 State Championship.

“I am honored and excited to be part of the Broken Arrow wrestling family. I’m also excited to help build the program, meet our student athletes, and work with our families,” said Adams.

Adams brings a wealth of experience to Broken Arrow as a former competitor, coach, and pioneer in the sport of women’s wrestling. She has most recently served as the head girls wrestling coach at Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2021-2022 season was record breaking with the team winning the first CHSAA Region 3 Team Championship in school history; scoring 150 team points and qualifying seven wrestlers for the CHSAA Girls Wrestling State Tournament. The team finished 5th overall at the state tournament and sent five girls to the podium as state placers; the most in school history.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Adams and her family to Broken Arrow,” said Executive Director of Athletics Darren Melton. “She brings with her an impressive list of accomplishments in the world of wrestling. The one thing that you notice quickly when you meet Coach Adams is her love for young people and a passion to equip them with tools that can be used throughout their lives.”

Adams has been on the leading edge of women’s wrestling, having been a Team USA National Team Member and Olympic Training Center Resident for the inaugural 2004 USA Women’s Wrestling Team in Colorado Springs. She won the 2009 USAW World Grappling Championship, placed 3rd and 5th in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials, earned a bronze medal at the 2002 Junior World Championships, and was an NAIA national champion for Missouri Valley College. Adams has been inducted into the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame and was a 2-time high school national champion and a 4-time Texas high school state champion.

“Tori is a champion in every sense of the word, and I am so excited to see former athletes and coaches of her caliber pouring back into the sport that they helped build,” said Clarissa Chun, head women’s wrestling coach at the University of Iowa and former two-time Olympian.

Any students who are interested in participating in girls wrestling are encouraged to contact their school counselor with that request. The team is comprised of 40-50 students in grades 7-12 and no prior experience is required. Please email dmelton@baschools.org with any additional questions.