Two universities have announced that they intend to add women’s wrestling as a varsity sport to their athletic offerings; Central Methodist University and Indiana Institute of Technology.
Central Methodist University
On February 12th, Central Methodist University, in Fayette, Missouri, has announced its intention to add women’s wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2019-2020 season. CMU is a private, coed, liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It offers Masters, bachelors and Associates degrees. It has a 55-acre campus in a total undergraduate student body of around 5,400.
“I’m excited that we’re going to be starting wrestling. It will enhance our athletic program and help grow the university. Wrestling has been a passion of mine for many years, but no greater than my passion for Central and doing whatever I can do to help it succeed.”Dr. Joe Parisi, Vice President for Enrollment Management
The Eagles will be competing in the NAIA. At this point, there is no word if they intend to compete in the WCWA. They are currently searching for the team’s inaugural head coach.
Indiana Institute of Technology
On February 11th, Indiana Institute of technology, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a private nonprofit University, announced it intended to begin competing in the 2020-2021 season. Indiana Tech specializes in career-oriented degree programs in business engineering computer science education and criminal justice among others. It’s 42-acre campus has an academic staff of 544. And, it’s combined student body which includes undergraduate and postgraduate, is just past 9,600.
Indiana Tech will be the first college in the state of Indiana to offer women’s wrestling to its athletics offerings. The Warriors will be competing in the NAIA also. There is no word if they intend to compete in the WCWA. They have also begun a nationwide search for the program’s inaugural head coach.
56 Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Programs by Fall of 2020
56 higher learning institutions are slated to offer wrestling as a varsity sport by fall of 2020. 28 of those will be schools in the NAIA, which bodes will for the invitational sport.
27 schools are in one of the three divisions of the NCAA. Which means women’s wrestling is inching its way to emerging sports status in that athletic association.
The remaining four are community colleges.
While it is almost a certainty that 28 of those schools will compete in the WCWA; there no telling how many NAIA school will do so, as the logistical and financial considerations will play a huge part in what programs decide to compete in both association championships.
But, even with that uncertainty, the growth of the sport at this level is always a welcomed sight! I wish both the Eagles and the Warriors the best of luck!