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College Wrestling Programs Page Updated

Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I have updated the College Wrestling Programs page and made some changes to it.

Now that women’s wrestling has become an NAIA invitational sport, I have given the NAIA school their own section I have added a notation indicating when the last time (if ever) that school competed in the WCWA national tournament.

The WCWA section will continue to have all WCWA schools not taking part in the NAIA national Tournament.

I have removed the U Sports schools. When I started the site, the number of collegiate programs in the U.S. were low enough that, I felt that making wrestlers aware of opportunities to compete in Canada was justified. But, I no longer feel that way, as there are new programs being added every year.

Finally, I have made no changes to the NCWA section.

I hope the page, the most popular on the site will continue to be of use, as a starting point, to all wrestlers looking to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Three More Women’s Wrestling Programs to Start in 2019

New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, New Jersey, has announced it will be adding women’s wrestling, as a club sport starting in the 2019-2020 season, before being elevated to full varsity status in Fall 2020.

NJCU, as it is also known, is a public liberal arts university. It consists of the NJCU School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and College of Professional Studies and 41 undergraduate study and 27 graduate degree programs. Its urban 46-acre campus serves over 8,500 students

“…wrestling is one of the fastest growing women’s sports in the United States and the world. With the introduction of the sport at our institution, we will be positioned well to capitalize on the movement and be at the forefront as leaders in another women’s sport, giving new opportunities to female student-athletes.”

Dr. Sue Henderson, NJCU President

A nationwide search for the Gothic Knights’s inaugural head coach is currently taking place. NJCU is an NCAA Div. III school, which leads me to believe they will be competing in the WCWA though the school’s announcement made no mention of the association. If you would like to find out more about the school, please visit itssite.

Life Pacific College

I don’t like posting about programs starting when the schools have not issued an official announcement. I have, in the past, posted prematurely only to end up disappointing those who had trusted my post. However, I am breaking my policy, with this next school, because a Southern Section coach, with a tradition of supporting girls wrestling, just had his daughter commit to the school. On top of that, The California Wrestler reported that Life Pacific had hired Menlo College Assistant Coach, Javier Gonzalez, as its program’s inaugural head coach. So, I’m feeling confident this program will come to fruition.

Life Pacific College is located in San Dimas, California, and according to Coach Gonzalez, the team will begin competing during the 2019-2020 season.

The school is a private Christian bible college associated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. It offers two associate and six undergraduate degrees. The campus serves around 700 students.

I have always been of the belief that everyone deserves to wrestle. The amazing lessons and values that wrestling brings to young people should be afforded all regardless of gender. I am amazed of the growth of the sport in last 5 years and believe that the California wrestling community needs to continue and encourage young female athletes to pursue high school and college wrestling.

Javier Gonzalez, Life Pacific College Women’s Wrestling Head Coach

The Warriors compete in the NAIA. At this time, there is no word on whether the program will compete in the WCWA. If you would like to learn more about the school, please visit itssite.

Santa Rosa Junior College

Another school that has not made an official announcement but which I am choosing to believe will be sponsoring a women’s wrestling program starting in the 2019-2020 season is Santa Rosa Junior College. I’m choosing to believe the information because it’s coming from its inaugural head coach, Shane Roberts, another coach with a proven track record in girls wrestling.

Santa Rosa Junior College is located in Santa Rosa, California. The school was modeled as a feeder school for the University of California system and offers a wide variety of associate degrees. The 80-acre campus serves over 36,000 students.

According to Coach Roberts, the Bear Cubs will be competing in the WCWA. If you would like to learn more about the school, please visit its site. If you would like to learn more about the program, you can contact Coach Shane Roberts.

Exciting Times for California Collegiate Wrestling

With these two programs, California will have at least four sponsored collegiate women’s wrestling by the end of the 2019-2020 season and that is awesome! It is something supporters of California girls wrestling have been clamoring for! I have a feeling that the flood gates are about to open! I look forward to many more programs being announced in the coming years.

As always good luck to all three of the new programs in their first year of competition and thank you for giving the athletes the opportunity to pursue both their academic and athletic dreams.

Augsburg University to Add Women’s Wrestling

Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota has announced it will be adding women’s wrestling starting in the 2019-2020 season. Augsburg is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It offers over 50 undergraduate and nine graduate degrees. It has a student body of nearly 3,600.

The Auggies’s inaugural head coach is Max Mejia, who he has served for three years as Women’s and Developmental Coach at the Sunkist Kids Regional Training Center in Tempe, Arizona.

I am excited and honored to be selected as the first women’s wrestling coach. Augsburg is an ideal place to begin a women’s wrestling program,” Mejia said. “First and foremost, the women will receive a quality education. The administration and I look forward to building a program with women of great character that serve as leaders in the Augsburg and wrestling communities. The tradition of excellence in wrestling has been set by the men’s team winning 13 national titles

Max Mejia, Head Coach, Augsburg University Women’s Wrestling

Augsburg is an NCAA Div. III school and as such will be competing in the WCWA. If you are interested in learning more about the program, head on over to the university’s official site.

It’s great to see another NCAA program joining the world of women’s wrestling and this one is starting strong, as it has already recruited the overall number one high school in the nation Emily Shilson. As always, best of luck this upcoming season!

Simpson University to Add Women’s Wrestling

Simpson University in Redding, California has announced it will be adding women’s wrestling starting in the 2019-2020 season. Simpson is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with Christian and Missionary Alliance. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It has a student body of just over a thousand.

Simpson Red Hawks

The program’s inaugural head coach is Fan Zhang, who served as women’s head coach at Grays Harbor College last season. Coach Zhang is a seven-time national champion in China.

The Red Hawks will be competing in the NAIA and, at this time there is no word on whether they will be competing in the WCWA. If you are interested in learning more about the program, head on over to the university’s official site.

It’s great to see another school in California add a women’s program and I know we are all wishing them the best of luck during their first season and all the seasons that follow!

Two More Universities Adding Women’s Wrestling

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!

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