East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) has announced that they will be adding Women’s Wrestling as an intercollegiate sport for the 2019-2020 season. ESU will become the third college or university in the state of Pennsylvania (Gannon and Delaware Valley) to offer Women’s Collegiate Wrestling. East Stroudsburg University is an NCAA Division II institution but the Warriors women’s wrestlers will compete in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA).
The WCWA now has over 50 collegiate programs that are either currently competing or have made the commitment to begin competition in the 2019-2020 season. The split between NCAA and NAIA institutions is about even but the growth between the two have been so healthy that the NAIA has sanctioned their own championship and the NCAA is considering it for emerging sport status. The addition of ESU helps women’s wrestling inch closer to a number the NCAA wants to see before making women’s wrestling an NCAA sanctioned sport.
In the meantime, Coach Anibal Nieves who is no stranger to women’s wrestling will look to begin recruiting immediately. Coach Nieves was the Women’s Wrestling coach at Springfield Tech Community College in Connecticut before making the move to the Poconos to take over the Warriors men’s program.
According to ScholarshipStats, in-state tuition at East Stroudsburg is listed at $9,968 and $21,110 for out-of-state tuition. The average female scholarship is listed at $2,180. SAT and ACT Scores for admitted students range from 420 to 540 on the SAT Math section and 19 to 24 composite on the ACT. Located in Northeast Pennsylvania and right off of Route 80, ESU will be a likely destination for many girls wrestlers in the tri-state area. ESU also has seen some facilities renovations which will make it an even more attractive draw.
If you are Girl’s High School wrestler and are interested in wrestling at East Stroudsburg University, you can find the online questionnaire here: Women’s Wrestling Prospective Student-Athlete Form
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