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Grand View University Adds Women’s Wrestling

Grand View University, in Des Moines, Iowa, has announced its intention to add women’s wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2019-2020 season.

Grand View University Vikings

Grand View is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school offers over 40 undergraduate programs and four master degree programs. Its pre-professional programs include medicine, law, pharmacy and physical therapy. Its 50-acre campus has an academic staff of 90 and a co-ed student body of around 2,000.

We are very excited that we are going to add women’s wrestling as the 26th varsity sport at Grand View

Troy Plummer, Grand View University Director of Athletics

The Vikings will compete as part of the NAIA. There was no mention of a head coach or the search for one getting underway, yet.

The addition of Grand View would mark the 53rd program competing in freestyle for 2019-2020 season. As usual, I wish the Vikings the best as they join this growing sport!

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.

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.

WCWA to Lose a Program

Bacone College to Discontinue Women’s Wrestling

Yesterday, I was posting about the number of WCWA  programs growing to 48. Today, unfortunately, I’m posting about the number going down by one next season. Yesterday, Bacone College officially announced that it is cutting, among other sports, women’s wrestling.

The college, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, had sponsored the sport since 2015 and Head Coach Geneva Gray (sister of Olympian and three-time world champion Adeline Gray) joined the program in 2016. With a 32-woman roster made up of freshmen and sophomores, the Bacone Warriors appeared ready to make their mark in the upcoming seasons. But that will never be.

Bacone College was facing some unenviable decisions, make changes (sell college land, take out loans, and get rid of some athletic programs) or close their doors forever. They chose the former which will make sure the school stays open at least through next year. Regrettably, the women’s wrestling program won’t be so lucky.

Athletes have all been released from their commitment to the school and are free to join other programs without penalty. A daunting task at this point in the year since most programs have more than likely filled their rosters for the next season. All anyone can hope for is that there is a new program out there that will snatch up these experienced collegiate wrestlers. Hopefully, the same will go for Coach Gray.

There is a lesson to learn from this situation. It’s the same lesson every time a program’s discontinued but I won’t rehash it here. If you’re interested in reading a longer piece on the challenges both student-athletes and schools are currently facing, please read Wentworth Military Academy To Close And The Lesson It Teaches Us.

Best of luck to everyone involved in this sad situation, let’s hope this is the last case of this sort we hear about in a while.

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