Indiana Tech Women’s Wrestling to Join Mid-South Conference
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Indiana Tech women’s wrestling program will have a conference home in its inaugural season for the 2020-21 academic year as the university was officially announced as an affiliate member of the Mid-South Conference Wednesday.
The Mid-South Conference is one of three conferences (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference) in the NAIA to sponsor the sport of women’s wrestling. The MSC was the first conference in the NAIA to sponsor the sport after adding women’s wrestling in 2017. Tech will join fellow first-year program Lourdes University as the newest members of the conference and join Brewton-Parker College, Campbellsville University, Life University and the University of the Cumberlands.
Campbellsville finished the 2019-20 season ranked first in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 20 Poll and a nation-leading 13 women qualify for the 2020 NAIA National Invitational prior to the event being canceled due to COVID-19. The Tigers also won the 2020 Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championship back in February and swept the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles this season.
“We are super excited to join one of the elite conferences in women’s wrestling,” head women’s wrestling coach Paul Rademacher said. “We will get to test our athletes on a regular basis to make sure they are ready for the NAIA National Invitational in March. I think it says a lot about where the teams of the MSC think we will be as well that they have accepted us in, as it shows they believe we will continue to make their conference stronger. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow our team in a great conference and provide opportunities for our athletes to get better each week.”
“We are excited to launch women’s wrestling on our campus in the 2020-21 season and are honored to be a part of the Mid-South Conference,” Director of Athletics Debbie Warren said. “We look forward to exciting new events in our new conference home for women’s wrestling and are excited to showcase our “Warrior Pride” and a “Go For IT” attitude to the Mid-South Conference.”
The NAIA became the first collegiate association to sponsor women’s wrestling during the 2018-19 season with invitational status while Indiana Tech was the first college in the state to sponsor the sport.
To learn more about the Mid-South Conference and women’s wrestling, visit here.
To learn more about Indiana Tech women’s wrestling, visit here.