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 13,496 and number of teams to 1941. (Female Participation - Female Participation Chart)
  • 30 colleges now sponsor a varsity wrestling program - Women's Collegiate Wrestling Map -
  • Listing of Intercollegiate Women Teams.
  • Women's wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport. Helen Maroulis a former high school wrestler from Maryland became the 1st USA Olympic Gold Medalist at the 2016 Olympics
  • Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington all sponsor a state high school championship.
  • NWCA conducts a 16-team National Dual Meet Championship in conjunction with the NWCA/Cliff Keen Collegiate National Duals
  • Each year the NWCA provides upwards to 25 full scholarships for deserving head and assistant college coaches (and some high school coaches wanting to transition into college coaching) to enroll in the NWCA CEO Leadership Academy for Women's Wrestling. 
  • NWCA has been instrumental in getting women's wrestling added as a new sport a number of schools

Information on Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA):

  • WCWA serves as the governing body for women’s college wrestling
  • WCWA competes at NWCA National Duals
  • WCWA National Tournament will have 200+ athletes competing at it.
  • There 30 current college teams that are current members.
  • Most college teams have 30+ members per team by the third year. 
  • Most members offer athletic scholarships to athletes
  • WCWA follow International Freestyle Rules
  • WCWA members also compete in USAW Senior and Jr. Fila events
  • WCWA college recruiting fare is held during the USAW Girls Folkstyle National
  • WCWA members must follow eligibility rules similar to NCAA and NAIA rules.