College Wrestling Programs

Updated 07/07/2019; Added Lock Haven University and Carthage College to WCWA list

The following is a list of schools with reported women’s wrestling programs. This should be a good starting point for all student-athletes wishing to pursue their wrestling career at the next level. A word of warning, programs come and go so please contact the school and make sure they still have a women’s wrestling program before setting your heart on attending any particular college (I promise to do my best to weed out any that no longer belong in the list).

Schools choose what organizations they become part of based on many factors. These schools may someday join the WCWA and some of the current WCWA schools may someday leave the association to join another. This does not mean that one program is of less quality than another because of the association it is in. Remember, there are many reasons to choose which school to attend, make sure they are the best reasons for you (the student-athlete).

If anyone notices a college is missing post it on the page and I will list it as soon as possible.

NAIA

The NAIA granted women’s wrestling invitational status starting in the 2018-2019 season. As a result, NAIA programs now have their own national championship tournament. However, many of these programs will still compete in the WCWA, which is responsible for the growth of women’s wrestling at the collegiate level; at least until enough non-NAIA programs join the WCWA. Like the WCWA, these programs compete in freestyle wrestling. NAIA programs offer athletic scholarships to wrestlers that meet their criteria.

The NAIA weight classes are as follow: 101, 109, 116, 123, 130, 136, 143, 155, 170 and 191

The last time the program competed in the WCWA National Championship tournament will be highlighted in yellow.

Baker University (NAIA) – Never
618 Eighth St, Baldwin City, KS 66006

Brewton-Parker College (NAIA) – 2019
201 David Ebiza, Mt Vernon, GA 30445

Campbellsville University (NAIA) – 2019
1 University Dr., Campbellsville, KY 42718

Central Christian College (NAIA) – Never
1200 S. Main St. P.O. Box 1403 McPherson, KS 67460

411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, Missouri 65248 (Program starting fall 2019)

Eastern Oregon University (NAIA) – 2019
One University Boulevard La Grande, OR 97850-2807

Grand View University (NAIA) – Never
1200 Grandview Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316 (Program starting fall 2019)

1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (Program starting fall 2020)

Life Pacific College (NAIA) – 2019
1100 W Covina Blvd, San Dimas, CA 91773 (Program starting fall 2019)

Life University (NAIA)- 2019
1269 Barclay Cir., Marietta, GA 30060

Lyon College (NAIA) – 2019
2300 Highland Rd., Batesville, AR 72503

Menlo College (NAIA) – 2019
1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027

Midland University (NAIA) – 2019
900 N Clarkson St., Fremont, NE 68025

Missouri Baptist University (aka Missouri Baptist College) (NAIA) – 2019
One College Park Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63141

Missouri Valley College  (NAIA) – 2018
500 E College St., Marshall, MO 65340

Oklahoma City University (NAIA) – 2019
2501 N Blackwelder Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Ottawa University (NAIA) – 2019
1001 S Cedar St., Ottawa, KS 66067

Simpson University (NAIA) – Never
2211 College View Dr, Redding, CA 96003 (Program starting fall of 2019)

1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520

Southwestern College (NAIA) – Never
100 N College St, Winfield, KS 67156

Texas Wesleyan University (NAIA) – Never
1201 Wesleyan Street Fort Worth, TX 76105 (Program starting fall 2019)

University of Jamestown (Formerly Jamestown College) (NAIA) – 2019
6000 College Ln., Jamestown, ND 58405

University of Providence (formerly University of Great Falls)(NAIA) – 2019
1301 20th St S, Great Falls, MT 59405

University of Saint Mary (NAIA) – 2018
4100 S 4th St, Leavenworth, KS 66048

6178 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769

Waldorf University (formerly Waldorf College)(NAIA) – 2019
106 S 6th St., Forest City, IA 50436

Warner Pacific College (NAIA) – 2019
2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97215

1900 W 7th St., Plainview, TX 79072

York College (NAIA)- 2019
1125 E 8th St, York, NE 68467

WCWA

The Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) is an autonomous association that now governs all collegiate women’s freestyle wrestling programs at NCAA, NAIA, NWAC, and NJCAA institutions. Its primary role is to standardize the competition rules for women until the NCAA and Junior Colleges sanction it as an emerging sport.

Most of the WCWA schools offer athletic scholarships. The exceptions are the NCAA Div. III schools (which do not offer athletic scholarships for any sport) and Lindenwood University-Belleville.

The WCWA weight classes are as follow: 101, 109, 116, 123, 130, 136, 143, 155, 170 and 191

NOTE: Lindenwood University-Belleville, though an NAIA program competes only in the WCWA. It is the only club team that participates in the WCWA. As it is a club team, it does not offer an athletic scholarship in wrestling.

Augsburg University (NCAA Div. III)
2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Program starting fall 2019)

Adrian College (NCAA Div. III)
110 S Madison St, Adrian, MI 49221

101 College Hill Drive Philippi, WV 26416 (Program starting fall 2019)

7662 Chanute Street NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837 (Program starting fall 2018)

Carthage College (NCAA Div. III)
2001 Alford Park Dr, Kenosha, WI 53140 (Program starting fall 2020)

1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Davenport University (NCAA Div. II)
6191 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (Program starting fall 2020)

700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901 (Program starting fall 2019)

200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999 (Program starting fall 2019)

Emmanuel College (NCAA Div. II)
181 Spring St, Franklin Springs, GA 30639

Ferrum College (NCAA Div. III)
10021 Franklin St, Ferrum, VA 24088

Fontbonne University (NCAA Div. III)
6800 Wydown Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105 (Program starting fall 2019)

Gannon University (NCAA Div. II)
109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541

1620 Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen WA 98520

Iowa Wesleyan University (NCAA Div. III)
601 N Main St, Mt Pleasant, IA 52641 (Program starting fall 2020)

King University (Formerly King College) (NCAA Div. II)
1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620

Lakeland University (NCAA Div. III)
W3718 South Dr, Plymouth, WI 53073

Limestone College (NCAA Div. II)
1115 College Dr, Gaffney, SC 29340 (Program starting fall 2019)

Lindenwood University (NCAA Div. II)
11960 Westline Industrial Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146

2600 W Main St., Belleville, IL 62226

Lock Haven University (NCAA Div. II)
401 N Fairview St, Lock Haven, PA 17745 (Program starting fall 2019)

MacMurray College(NCAA Div. III)
447 East College Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

McKendree University (NCAA Div. II)
701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL 62254

One Education Dr., Garden City, NY, 11530

2039 Kennedy Blvd Jersey City, NJ 07305 (Program starting fall 2019)

North Central College (NCAA Div. III)
30 N Brainard St, Naperville, IL 60540 (Program starting fall 2019)

Pacific University (NCAA Div. II)
2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Presbyterian College (NCAA Div. I)
503 S Broad St, Clinton, SC 29325 (Program starting fall 2018)

1501 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401-4395 (Program starting fall 2018)

Schreiner University(NCAA Div. III)
2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028 (Program starting fall 2018)

Simon Fraser University (NCAA Div. II)
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada

1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420

Tiffin University (NCAA Div. II)
155 Miami St., Tiffin, OH 44883

1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, OR 97470

2100 Main Street Stevens Point, WI 54481(Program starting fall 2019)

Westminster College (NCAA Div. III)
501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, MO 65251 (Program starting fall 2018)

NCWA

For wrestlers who are looking to attend college and still compete, but not prioritizing wrestling scholarships, schools that offer wrestling as a club sport might be the right fit for them. The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) provides a league and national championships for college club women’s wrestling teams. These clubs, however, do not practice freestyle wrestling but collegiate-style (AKA folkstyle) which is what is practiced in most high schools in the United States.

I must add that there are some schools participating in the NCWA that offer wrestling scholarships; but you should check with the school you’re interested in to see if they are one of those schools.

Club wrestling faces the same challenges as school-sponsored wrestling programs and therefore, come and go. Please verify that the club is still active before making a decision based on the existence of the opportunity to wrestle at that school.

The red number in parenthesis signifies the last year they participated in the NCWA Championships, this doe not necessarily mean that they are no longer accepting female wrestlers or that they are no longer operating a wrestling club. It may simply mean they had no wrestlers compete at the Championships since then. Once again please verify that the program is in operation before making your decision.

The schools listed, without a parenthesized year, participated in the 2019 NCWA Women’s Wrestling Championships.

7662 Chanute Street NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837

1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

301 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0150

225 S 700 E, St. George, UT 84770

600 W College Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306

1620 Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen WA 98520

1 College Cir Bangor, Maine 04401, Bangor, ME 04401

1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515

M.I.T. (2016)
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

1301 E Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

900 N Clarkson St., Fremont, NE 68025

15950 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374

12180 Park Avenue S. Tacoma, WA 98447

110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180

12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243

2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028

1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420

1 Armory St., Springfield, MA 01105

100 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794

1801 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

400 Bizzell St, College Station, TX 77843

601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409

3101 Washington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607

701 S Nedderman Dr, Arlington, TX 76019

110 Inner Campus Drive Austin, TX 78705

1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249

1200 E University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721

405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Santa Barbara, California 93106

201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004

1 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

5713 Chadbourne Hall, Orono, ME 04469

620 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

University of Miami (2016)
1320 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146

300 Massachusetts Ave, Amherst, MA 01003

4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128

1155 Union Cir, Denton, TX 76203

1585 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403

45 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620

3551 Trousdale Pkwy, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007

320 Student Services Building. Knoxville, TN 37996-0230

1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle WA 98195

400 University Drive West Bend, WI 53095

Logan, UT 84322

Pullman, WA 99164

516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

175 W Mark St, Winona, MN 55987

New Haven, CT 06520

 

17 thoughts on “College Wrestling Programs”

  1. Since females wrestle mostly folkstyle in k-12
    competition, and since folkstyle wrestling
    is at the core of mixed martial arts (self-
    defense), and to add some variety to the year-long
    grind, and because the NCAA already sanctions folkstyle
    (for men), would it make good sense for womens
    folkstyle to be the next NCAA emerging sport,
    following somehow in the “footsteps” of womens
    NCAA freestyle.

    1. The NCWA’s womens teams wrestle folkstyle and several of the programs offer scholarships and have operational budgets. The NCWA is a governing body that supports wrestling, it is not a “club” league. The “C” is for collegiate: National Collegiate Wrestling Association.

  2. Southern Oregon University competed in the WCWA Nationals each of the past 4 years. We finished 11th this year with 1 AA and 4 losing in the blood round. Just making sure records are straight for anyone looking at SOU and where they have competed.

  3. There are several NCWA programs that offer scholarships. I wouldn’t list as “for those not looking for scholarships” but rather those looking to wrestle collegiate-style.

    University of Toledo will have its first female wrestler this season as well (2019-20).

    1. For context the statement does read, “for those not looking for scholarships through wrestling.” Is your school going to offer wrestling scholarships?

  4. Please add SANTA Rosa junior college
    We have a club team that is part of the NWCA and are joining the exes in a few months

    1. Do you mean the NCWA? I you do I will add Santa Rosa immediately. What is the exes? If you can provide me with some info I will try to learn about it and integrate the information to the site.

  5. Do women at NCAA schools have the ability to earn sponcerships to help pay training and compete at the national and world level tournaments?

    1. Since women’s wrestling is not an NCAA sport yet, female wrestlers can still get sponsorships. However, NCAA sanctioning is on the horizon and once that happens female wrestlers will be subject to the same rules as other athletes.

      1. Thank you for the reply Luis.

        Seeing that these females are earning sponcorships on top of earning scholarships, what is the benefit of NCAA sectioning to the girls?

        We all here about NCAA and the idea of student athletes not being paid, should be paid…….. I would think these young ladies would want to stay away from NCAA so they could focus on school and wrestling. Have no worries about funding school, food, international travel…….

        Am I of base with this line of thinking.

        1. I have reached out to people more informed on the topic and am hoping to provide a more through response to your very valid concern.

          What I can say is that NCAA sanctioning will provide the women’s side of the sport with more parity with the men’s and that this in turn will afford both sides with protections against just being dropped by a school without a serious look at the impact.

          As it stands now, women’s programs are dependant on a school’s commitment to the sport and can be dropped as quickly as they were brought on. This is not theoretical and has happened in recent years.

  6. Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA has a women’s program. As of the fall of 2017 PLU brought back both men’s and also women’s wrestling programs. As of the fall of 2018 the women’s program is now a NCWA and WCWA sanctioned program.

    1. Eddie, I see that it is in fact an NCWA program (I am very behind on updating that list).

      In regard to the WCWA, I still can not find information on the school’s site announcing it as anything other than a club sport and the schedule does not have them competing in the WCWA qualifiers.

      As soon I come across confirmation I will add them to the WCWA list.

      hanks for sharing.

  7. I thought I would share that as of this year Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA has a WCWA program. The team as a whole the men’s and women’s is currently NCWA since it is an emerging sport and both the men’s and women’s wrestling were just brought back last season (2017/2018). This is the first year the women’s program is WCWA program.

    1. Eddie that is great news! Is there any press release confirming the program will be joining the WCWA? I went to their site and the only information I found listed the program as a recreational sport.

      If you have any additional information to share please feel free to use the contact form. I look forward to adding the school to the list and spreading the word as soon as I have some more information.

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