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Women’s Wrestling Facts & Resources

The NWCA has developed a comprehensive list of women’s wrestling facts and resources.

  • Since 1994, the number of women who wrestle in high school has grown from 804 to 21,124 (as of 2019)
  • In 2020 The NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals will host separate NAIA & NCAA Women’s Divisions for the first time.
  • In 2019 the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Coalition announced the creation of the Cliff Keen National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships for NCAA Temas. The event will be hosted by Adrian College on March 6-7, 2020
  • In 2019 the Committee on Women’s Athletics Recommends Emerging Sports Status for Women’s Wrestling to the NCAA
  • In 2018 the NAIA Grants Invitational Status to Women’s Wrestling

  • 70+ colleges now sponsor a varsity wrestling program.
  • Since 2004, women’s wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport.
  • Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington sanction an official scholastic state 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.
  • The NWCA in conjunction with USA Wrestling and Lock Haven University conducted the first of its kind CEO Leadership Academy for coaches of women’s teams.
  • Since 2015, the NWCA has invited 100 Coaches to take part in the NWCA CEO Academy for Women’s Coaches as part of the NWCA Traditional Leadership Academy in Fort Lauderdale.
  • NWCA has been instrumental in getting women’s wrestling added as a new sport a number of schools