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 9904. (Female participation Numbers - Total Female Participation graphs)
  • 24 colleges now sponsor a varsity wrestling program - Women's Collegiate Wrestling Map - List of Teams
  • Women's wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport
  • California, Oregon, Guam, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Tennessee, 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 16-team National Dual Meet Championship in conjunction with the NWCA/Cliff Keen Collegiate 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.
  • 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 24 current college teams that are current members, a growth of 2 colleges per year.
  • All colleges have 30+ members per team.
  • All 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.
  • WCWA members will be using NWCA OPC for wt certification in 2014-15.