TWU and ESU to Add Women’s Wrestling for 2019-2020 Season

Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University, located in Fort Worth, Texas, has announced it will be adding women’s wrestling for the 2019-2020 season.

TWU is a private liberal arts university founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The School offer 27 areas of undergraduate study and offers graduate programs in business, education, counseling, nurse anesthesia and law. The 75 acre campus has a staff of 279 and a co-ed population of over 3,300.

“We think this is a wonderful opportunity for students to compete in wrestling collegiately while earning their degree in a student-first environment ideal for thriving on and off the field.”

Frederick G. Slabach, president of TWU

The Rams compete in the NAIA. The school is currently looking for its inaugural Head Coach while its recruiting effort will begin in the spring of 2019. However if you are interested, there is no reason not to make first contact just click on the link and let them know you’re interested!

East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has also announced plans to add women’s wrestling to its athletic offerings with plans to begin competing during the 2019-2020 season.

ESU is a public university offering 68 undergraduate major programs with 24 concentrations of study. The 213 acres campus has an academic staff of 280 and a co-ed population of over 6,000.

“Women’s wrestling has been under consideration for some time and we’ve already developed our schedule for next fall. We are eager to recruit new student-athletes for this opportunity.”

Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., president of ESU

 The ESU is an NCAA Division II school. 2-time Puerto Rico Olympian and former Springfield Technical Community College women’s wrestling head coach, Anibal Nieves, will initially coach both the men’s and the women’s teams. If you are interested in considering joining the Warriors click on the link and fill out the Women’s Wrestling Prospective Student-Athlete Form.

Bonus: Davenport University to add Women’s Wrestling in 2020

An image of an internal email, shared via twitter, states that Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan intends to add women’s wrestling in 2020.

I have learned to be careful about being overly excited about such statements until an official announcement is made by the school. Nonetheless, I see nothing wrong with making everyone aware there might be one more option coming up on the horizon.

Once the official press release is out I will write a post with the usual details. Until then, I will add the school to the list with the caveat that it may be removed if I feel the program is not going to materialize. I have my fingers crossed that it does.

53(?) WCWA Schools by 2020!

If Davenport does start a program that would bring the number of schools with varsity women’s wrestling programs to 53 by 2020! If it doesn’t, women’s wrestling will still be doing great with 52 for 2019!

I realize there are many factors that may change the landscape of the sport. The NAIA may decide the WCWA has enough non-NAIA schools in it that it can separate its programs from it. The NCAA may grant women’s wrestling emerging sport status. How such changes would affect the WCWA is an unknown. What is known is that the sport has a healthy rate of growth and is undeniably here to stay.

As always, I wish the two new schools the best of luck in all their efforts to start successful programs and look forward to seeing them succeed.

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