Women's Wrestling Facts and Resources
General Facts and Stats:
- Since 1994, the number of women who wrestle in high school has grown from 804 to over 7000. (Total Female Participation - Total Female Participation Graph)
- 22 colleges now sponsor a varsity wrestling program
- Women's wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport
- Texas, Hawaii and Washington sponsor a state high school championship
- Women's high wrestling participation numbers are higher than the NCAA sponsored sports of crew, fencing, skiing, and rifle and NCAA emerging sports of rugby, sand volleyball and equestrian.
- NWCA conducts a 8-team National Dual Meet Championship in conjunction with the NWCA/Cliff Keen Collegiate National Duals
Information on Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA):
- WCWA serves as the governing body for women’s college wrestling.
- Primary role is to standardize the competition rules for women until the NCAA, NAIA, and/or Junior Colleges sanction it as an emerging sport (each governing body requires a minimum number of schools to sponsor a particular sport before they will sponsor a national championship).
- Current members include: Campbellville University, East Tennessee State University, Jamestown College, Northwest Kansas Technical College, King College, Lindenwood University, Lindenwood Bellville University, Lock Haven, Menlo College, Midland University, Missouri Baptist University, Missouri Valley College, Oklahoma City University, Pacific University, Simon Fraser University, Southwest Oregon Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, University of the Cumberlands, Waldorf College, Wayland Baptist University, West Chester University, Yakama Valley Community College
- The WCWA competes in the Olympic discipline of freestyle wrestling and offers the following weight classes: 101 lbs, 109 lbs, 116 lbs, 123 lbs, 130lbs, 136 lbs, 143 lbs, 155 lbs, 170 lbs, 191 lbs.
- For NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals history of the Women's Division click here.