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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 16,562 (as of 2018)
- 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
- 63 colleges now sponsor a varsity wrestling program.
- Since 2004, women’s wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport.
- Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, 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.
- NWCA conducts a 16-team National Dual Meet Championship in conjunction with the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals.
- 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
- WCWA has served as the governing body for women’s college wrestling.
- WCWA competes at NWCA National Duals.
- WCWA National Tournament has had 200+ athletes competing at it.
- All members offer athletic scholarships to athletes.
- WCWA follow International Freestyle Rules.
- WCWA members also compete in USAW Senior and Jr. UWW events.
- WCWA college recruiting fair is held during the USAW Girls Folkstyle National.
- WCWA members must follow eligibility rules similar to NCAA and NAIA rules.
- WCWA members have been using NWCA OPC for wt certification since 2014-15.
- Beginning in 2018-2019 the NAIA is recognizing Women’s Wrestling an emerging sport by sponsoring a National Invitation tournament for it’s members.