MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin Director of Athletics Dr. Rob Barnhill has announced the addition of Women’s Wrestling, the University’s 33rd sport within the athletic department. A nationwide search for a head coach begins immediately. The Falcons will begin competition in 2020-21.
“I am very pleased to announce the addition of women’s wrestling to our growing list of sport offerings,” Barnhill said. “Girls wrestling in high school is one of the fastest-growing sport activities in the United States and we want to be an option for young women that want a first-class Christian education and pursue their sport of choice. There are dozens of colleges and universities across the country that have made the decision to begin women’s programs and we are excited to join them.”
Collegiate women's wrestling is currently classified as a winter sport, with competition beginning in October and running through February. The Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) governs the sport and has overseen the national championships since 2008. A total of 63 collegiate institutions currently field a varsity women's wrestling team. The Committee on Women’s Athletics has recommended Emerging Sport Status for Women’s Wrestling to the NCAA.
“Recently the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) has recommended that the membership at division 1, 2, and 3 vote to structure and add women’s wrestling to their list of championship sports at the NCAA national convention,” Barnhill added. “We are hopeful that this legislation will pass and we want to be among the pioneers that are looking to grow the great sport of wrestling.”
The expansion to 33 sports continues to make Concordia Wisconsin’s athletic department one of the largest in the region. The Falcons have added seven other new sports in recent years: acrobatics & tumbling (2013-14), triathlon (2014-15), field hockey (2015-16), men’s volleyball (2016-17), ACHA club men’s hockey (2017-18) and men's and women’s club shooting (2017-18).
Until the NCAA structure has been approved and implemented Concordia Wisconsin will join and compete in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association.