Morton College Adding Men’s Wrestling for the 2021-22 Season
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The athletic program at Morton College is moving at a speed unseen the since the creation of intercollegiate sports in 1924, the year the school opened its doors.
Morton College’s latest major announcement is the addition of two sports for the 2021-22 academic year in women’s golf and wrestling, announced new athletic director Jason Nichols, who has guided the women’s basketball team to its first national ranking in program history during his initial season at the Panther helm.
This brings the number of intercollegiate sports under the Morton College athletic umbrella to 12 with six on the men’s side and six on the women’s side. Morton College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
It is the third new sport added at Morton College in the last two years with men’s golf making a comeback in 2020-21. In addition, the 12 sports at Morton College may be the highest number offered in school history.
Women’s golf is new to Morton College, while wrestling is coming back for the first time since the early 1980s. It had been offered on and off during the College’s history. Morton College’s wrestling team, under the leadership of former Berwyn resident Don Sebestyen, won a Skyway Conference championship in 1981.
Head men’s golf coach Brad Sleeth also will oversee the new women’s golf team, while the position is open for the wrestling program, according to Nichols, who was approved as athletic director at the March 24th Board of Trustees meeting.
“We appreciate the support of the Morton College Board of Trustees and President Stan Fields for supporting us in the growth of athletics at Morton College,” Nichols said. “Both sports open door for potential student-athletes interested in competing at Morton College.”
The fall season at Morton College will be extremely busy with women’s golf now in the mix with men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The wrestling season runs the same time as men’s and women’s basketball in the winter, while baseball and softball play in the spring.
Scholarships are available to potential student-athletes in both sports. At this time, both wrestling and women’s golf are non-divisional sports and all teams compete at the same championship, according to Rod Lovett, the NJCAA’s Director of Championships and Sports.
“Congratulations on the addition of these two sports and we look forward to working with you moving forward,” said Lovett in a letter to Morton College.