Felician University Announces Men’s and Women’s Wrestling for 2024
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RUTHERFORD, NJ – Felician University Athletics will add Men’s and Women’s Wrestling to its repertoire in the 2024-2025 academic year, Director of Athletics, Andrew Toriello, announced today.
Wrestling will become the university’s 21st varsity sport, 12th women’s offering and 9th men’s offering with the addition. It will compete at the NCAA Division II level and within the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) during the Fall/Winter seasons, beginning in early November and its regular season ending by February. Felician is entering a realm with a current total of 64 men’s wrestling teams and 16 women’s teams within Division II; however, Felician would become the first institution in the state of New Jersey to offer the sport at that level.
Throughout Felician’s residing state, with the combination of the NCAA, NAIA, and JUCOs, 14 institutions offer men’s wrestling and 3 offer women. Specifically, within the NCAA Divisions I and III, there are seven New Jersey collegiate organizations that govern a men’s wrestling team (three-Division I/four-Division III) and only three house a women’s team (two- Division I/one-Division III).
“I am very excited to add sports to our intercollegiate athletics offerings and we are ecstatic to become the only Division II school in the state of New Jersey that will sponsor both men and women’s wrestling”, Toriello stated. “New Jersey has proven to have a multitude of talent within the sport of wrestling and bringing the sport to Felician will help keep our students home, and provide them with an exceptional education and experience”
Men’s wrestling is one of the oldest NCAA championship sports dating back to its first ever tournament event in 1928 at Iowa State, but, in early 2020, women’s wrestling reached emerging status at the Division II and III levels. With that “emerging status”, it means it is on the right path to becoming an official NCAA Championship sport if 40 schools in the next 10 years add women’s teams.
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Felician University inspires and engages more than 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, and adult education students through programs in its schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. In the past three years, Felician has ranked third in New Jersey in “Best Return on Investment for Private Colleges” in the PayScale.com College ROI Report and as the “Safest College Campus in New Jersey” by niche.com. With campuses in Rutherford and Lodi, New Jersey, the Franciscan values of social justice, compassion, and respect for human dignity serve as an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. Felician also sponsors 16 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.
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