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Age Division Names Change for USA Wrestling

As of November 7th, the Executive Committee of USA Wrestling has approved a change to the names of age divisions used at all USA Wrestling Regional and National Championships. When spoken, the age division names read “9 and Under”for 9U, “12 and Under” for U12 and so on. This is being done to fall more in line with the naming conventions of other youth sports.

It should be noted that state associations and local tournament hosts are not required to use USA Wrestling age divisions (nor weight classes), but this change will impact the names of age divisions at all USA Wrestling Regional and National Championships.

A list of the new and previous names along with other information follows.

9U
Intermediate (Born 2010-2012)

45
50
55
60
65
70
80
85
93
105

12U
Novice (Born 2007-2009)

60
65
70
75
80
85
90
95
102
110
118
127
145
160

14U
Schoolgirl (Born 2005-2006)

72
79
85
92
97
101
105
110
119
127
136
145
185

16U
USA Cadet (Born 2003-2004)

94
100
106
112
117
122
127
132
138
144
152
164
180
200

USA Junior
(born 9/1/1999-12/31/2004, plus enrolled in grades 9-12)

100
106
112
117
122
127
132
138
144
152
164
180
200
225

UWW U15
(born 2004-2005; 2006 w/ medical cert.)

29-33 KG (63.93-72.75 LBS)
36 KG (79.37 LBS)
39 KG (85.98LBS)
42 KG (92.59 LBS)
46 KG (101.41 LBS)
50 KG (110.23 LBS)
54 KG (119.05 LBS)
58 KG (127.87 LBS)
62 KG (136.69 LBS)
66 KG (145.5 LBS)

UWW Cadet
(born 2002-2003; 2004 w/ medical cert.)

36-40 KG (79.4-88 LBS)
43 KG (94.8 LBS)
46 KG (101.4 LBS)
49 KG (108 LBS)
53 KG (116.8 LBS)
57 KG (125.6 LBS)
61 KG (134.5 LBS)
65 KG (143.3 LBS)
69 KG (152.2 LBS)
73 KG (161 LBS)

UWW Junior
(born 1999-2002; 2001 w/ medical cert.)

50 KG (110.2 LBS)
53 KG (116.8 LBS)
55 KG (121.25 LBS)
57 KG (125.7 LBS)
59 KG (130.1 LBS)
62 KG (136.7 LBS)
65 KG (143.3 LBS)
68 KG (149.9 LBS)
72 KG (158.7 LBS)
76 KG (167.6 LBS)

U23
(Born 1996-2000; 2001 w/ medical cert.)
(19-23 years old)

50 KG (110.2 LBS)
53 KG (116.8 LBS)
55 KG (121.25 LBS)
57 KG (125.7 LBS)
59 KG (130.1 LBS)
62 KG (136.7 LBS)
65 KG (143.3 LBS)
68 KG (149.9 LBS)
72 KG (158.7 LBS)
76 KG (167.6 LBS)

Senior
(born 1999 or before; 2000-2001 w/ medical cert.)

50 KG (110.2 LBS)
53 KG (116.8 LBS)
55 KG (121.25 LBS)*
57 KG (125.7 LBS)
59 KG (130.1 LBS)*
62 KG (136.7 LBS)
65 KG (143.3 LBS)*
68 KG (149.9 LBS)
72 KG (158.7 LBS)*
76 KG (167.6 LBS)

* Not a Senior Olympic Weight Class

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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to Add Women’s Wrestling

WCWA will grow to 50 programs for the 2019-2020 season

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, has announced that it will add women’s wrestling as a varsity sport during the 2019-2020 season. The school is a public university granting associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, as well as doctoral degrees in audiology. The 400 acre campus has a staff of 544 and its student body is made up of 9,643 coeds. In athletics, UWSP is an NCAA Division III school.

Johnny Johnson, the men’s head wrestling coach, will also coach the women’s team during its inaugural season. If you are interested in becoming part of the Pointers fill out the recruiting questionnaire.

It’s great to see another team join the WCWA ranks and we wish them the best of luck during their inaugural and all subsequent seasons!

Delaware Valley and Alderson Broaddus Universities to Add Women’s Wrestling

WCWA up to 49 programs in 2019

Delaware Valley University

Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has announced the addition of women’s wrestling as a varsity sport starting in the 2019-2020 season. The school is a private university offering 25 undergraduate majors, six master’s programs, and a doctoral program. The student body is made up of 1,700 full-time undergraduate students In athletics, DelVal is a NCAA Div. III school.

Caitlyn Baker has been named the inaugural head coach for the Aggies. Coach Baker is a Pennsylvania native with 20 years of wrestling experience who earned All-American honors twice during her time as athlete in the WCWA.

“Her success on and off the mats speaks for itself and her connections in the sport are at all levels throughout the country. Our new program is in great hands.” – Delaware Valley University Director of Athletics, Steve Cantrell

Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University, in Philippi, West Virginia, also announced the addition of women’s wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2019-2020 season. “AB”, as it is commonly called, is a four-year private university associated with the American Baptist Churches USA. It is known for its health science, natural science, education and music programs. It offers a variety of majors concentrating in five academic divisions: Education and Special Programs, Health Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The student body is made up of 1,052 full-time undergraduate students In athletics, the school is a NCAA Div. II school.

The Battlers will begin looking for enough wrestlers to compete in an abbreviated schedule their first season, according to head coach Sam Gardner. This will be the first WCWA school in West Virginia.

“The sport’s growing at the small school level, and I felt the time was right to propose that we adopt women’s wrestling now rather than later. We want to be early adopters of women’s wrestling and be on the ground floor of this trend. I believe this will help set AB up to be one of the premier locations for wrestling in the state and hopefully nationally in years to come.” – Sam Gardner, Alderson Broaddus University Wrestling Head Coach.

These two schools are getting the sport closer to acquiring NCAA emerging sport status and they are both enthusiastically welcome. We wish them the best of luck during their first year of competition and invite all the high school wrestler-girls to consider them out as potential schools with which to continue their wrestling and academic careers.

Girls Wrestling Has Grown Nationwide for 28 Consecutive Years, According to NFHS

Nationwide Participation

The NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) has released the results of its annual sports participation survey. And, once again, girls wrestling has had great growth in its participation numbers over the previous academic year. With 16,562 participating wrestlers this year, girls wrestling had a 13.5% increase as compared to last season’s 14,587. Girls wrestling moved ahead of girls dance (14,875 participants) moving up to the 18th spot in participation for girls. There is a good chance that wrestling could jump ahead of gymnastics this upcoming season; especially with Colorado (as a pilot program), Massachusetts and Oregon joining Alaska, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington in sponsoring girls wrestling state championships.

Something that needs to be noted about the results; the survey is voluntarily submitted by each state. Each state, in turn, gets their numbers from individual schools reporting their numbers, also voluntarily. As a result, there is a high probability of underreporting. It is, therefore, very important that every school, with at least one wrester-girl, do their part to ensure the NFHS gets the most accurate information possible. That way, they can allocate the proper amount of personnel and resources when making decisions affecting the sport.

I have included a summary of the national participation numbers as of 1979 below.

Some interesting facts:

  • Girls Wrestling has grown nationwide for 28 consecutive years (since the 1990-91 season).
  • In the last ten years, girls high school has had a 174.88% growth in the number of participants.
  • The NFHS began to give girls wrestling its own data column after the 2003-04 season and has continued to do so ever since. Prior to that, girls wrestling was grouped with low-participation sports.
  • Prior to the 1979-80 season, girls participation in any sport was either not tracked or was included in the boys numbers.

On a side note, I want to thank the 48 women who, in 1979, and the 8, who in 1982, set foot on the mats to compete. I would like to believe that their pioneering spirit planted a seed in some coaches’ minds that made them see the potential in girls wrestling. I wish I knew what happened to them as the following year reported participation fell to 0 in both groups.

High School Girls Wrestling Nationwide Participation Numbers
Academic Year # of Schools # of Participants Participation Rank (Girls Only)/
Total number of Sports
% Up/Down (Participants)
vs. previous year
2017-18 2,351 16,562 18/82 13.5% Up
2016-17 2,091 14,587 19/80 8.1% Up
2015-16 1,941 13,496 19/78 17.4% Up
2014-15 1,806 11,496 20/62 16% Up
2013-14 1,516 9,904 20/60 13.5% Up
2012-13 1,602 8,727 22/65 5.9% Up
2011-12 1,441 8,235 23/50 12% Up
2010-11 1,215 7,351 23/50 19.8% Up
2009-10 1,009 6,134 25/50 1.8% Up
2008-09 1,034 6,025 23/50 9% Up
2007-08 1,287 5,527 22/47 9.5% Up
2006-07 1,227 5,048 23/48 1.5% Up
2005-06 1,081 4,975 22/47 14.8% Up
2004-05 941 4,334 22/49 8.1% Up
2003-04 808 4,008 24/53 6.3% Up
2002-03 805 3,769 25/52 10.7% Up
2001-02 798 3,405 24/48 12.3% Up
2000-01 896 3,032 26/53 22.6% up
1999-2000 734 2,474 24/43 4.8% Up
1998-99 661 2,361 25/43 23.8% Up
1997-98 619 1,907 24/44 17.1% Up
1996-97 217 1,629 24/44 39.9% Up
1995-96 225 1,164 24/44 44.8% Up
1994-95 249 804 23/43 2.7% Up
1993-94 220 783 25/43 93.8% Up
1992-93 50 404 25/38 84.5% Up
1991-92 50 219 27/38 65.9% Up
1990-91 21 132 29/38 17.9% Up
1989-90 101 112 31/38 45.1% Down
1988-89 25 204 27/38 64.5% Up
1987-88 Undetermined 124 29/37 588.9% Up
1986-87 16 18 31/37 1,700% Up
1985-86 1 1 30/37 83% Down
1984-85 3 6 33/37
1983-84 0 0 100% Down
1982-83 Undetermined 8 31/37
1981-82 0 0
1980-81 0 0 100% Down
1979-80 3 48 32/41

Statewide Participation

I have also included numbers for California below. Figuring out the growth of the sport in California is a bit more difficult as it seems CIF tended to report updated data only every two years (between 1987 and 1991 it used the same numbers every year). Fortunately, that changed with the 2010-11 season. CIF has been reporting updated numbers every year since then.

Some interesting facts:

  • In the last ten years, girls high school has had a 254.05% growth in the number of participants.
  • California has accounted for over 20% of high school wrestler-girls in the United States each year since the 1998-99 season (and in all likelihood since the 1993-94 season, if we assume the missing data gives us similar numbers).
High School Girls Wrestling California Participation Numbers
Academic Year # of Schools # of Participants % Up/Down (Participants)
vs. previous year
% CA Contributed
to The National Total
2017-18 740 5,286 17.3% Up 31.9%
2016-17 654 4,505 9.7% Up 30.8%
2015-16 645 4,104 49.4% Up 30.4%
2014-15 523 2,747 20.2% Up 23.9%
2013-14 493 2,286 8.9% Up 23.1%
2012-13 472 2,099 4.5% Up 24.1%
2011-12 474 2,008 5.1% Up 24.4%
2010-11 408 1,910 27.9% Up 26%
2009-10 227 1,493 24.3%
2008-09 227 1,493 30.7% Up 24.8%
2007-08 366 1,142 20.7%
2006-07 366 1,142 7.2% Down 22.6%
2005-06 322 1,230 24.7%
2004-05 322 1,230 28.5% up 28.4%
2003-04 269 957 23.9%
2002-03 269 957 27.3% Up 25.4%
2001-02 281 752 22.1%
2000-01 281 752 46.3% Up 24.8%
1999-2000 212 514 0.4% Up 20.8%
1998-99 210 494 Can’t Determine 25.9%
1997-98 Not Found Not Found Can’t Determine Can’t Determine
1996-97 Not Found Not Found Can’t Determine Can’t Determine
1995-96 Undetermined 541 140.4% Up 46.5%
1994-95 112 225 28%
1993-94 112 225 316.7% Up 28.7%
1992-93 Undetermined 54 13.4%
1991-92 Undetermined 54 63.6% Up 24.7%
1990-91 Undetermined 33 25%
1989-90 Undetermined 33 29.5%
1988-89 Undetermined 33 16.2%
1987-88 Undetermined 33 230% Up 26.6%
1986-87 9 10 56%
1985-86 0 0 100% Down 0%
1984-85 1 1 17%
1983-84 0 0 100% Down
1982-83 Undetermined 6 75%
1981-82 0 0
1980-81 0 0
1979-80 0 0 0%
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