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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 was 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, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts. Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin 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