Glitter into Gold Gala

Glitter into Gold Gala, hosted by Wrestle Like A Girl foundation took placed on July 29th.

The evenings festivities were emceed by ESPN’s Jill Montgomery; marquee presenter was Dr. Amanda Stanec speaking of social mobility for female athletes in the sport of wrestling and entertainment provided by the Colorado Springs Conservatory!

Missouri had two women attending the event. Incoming freshman from Harrisonville, Nonnie Justice, and Blue Springs native, Ali Howk.

Nonnie Justice and Ali Howk
Nonnie Justice (left) and Ali Howk (right)

Nonnie is coming off a MOUSA state freestyle championship this spring as well as a national title at the US Marine Corps Girls Folkstyle Nationals.

Ali, who has recently moved to Wisconsin, has been a multiple time All-American at Fargo with winning the national championship for team Wisconsin last month. Ali will also be representing the USA on the Cadet World Team.

Nonnie Justice with Olympic Medalist, World Champ and former Missouri Valley wrestler, Clarissa Chung.
Nonnie Justice with Olympic Medalist, World Champ and former Missouri Valley wrestler, Clarissa Chung.

We also learned at the Glitter into Gold Gala that Women’s Wrestling is one step closer to becoming an emerging sport at the NCAA level.  Averett University, located in Danville, Virginia became the 10th NCAA school to sign on.

There are currently 30 women’s wrestling programs at the collegiate level. Women’s wrestling in Missouri is growing at a rapid rate. Team Missouri just had their best performance in Fargo history with 9 All-Americans and placing 4th as a team.

Ali Howk and Nonnie Justice with women's national team coach Emma Randall
Ali Howk and Nonnie Justice with women’s national team coach Emma Randall

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