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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 over 31,654 (as of 2022)
  • In 2022 the NAIA adopted women’s wrestling as the 28th championship sport.
  • In 2020 The NJCAA Announced they would recognize Women’s Wrestling as an emerging sport.
  • In 2020 The NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals hosted 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

  • 100+ 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, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming 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.
  • 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
  • NWCA has been instrumental in getting women’s wrestling added as a new sport a number of schools