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women's College Wrestling

"The Next Circle Awaits"

Many women advocated and paved the way for Women's Wrestling opportunities so that girls like Helen Maroulis could one day grow up to win Collegiate and Olympic titles.

High School

Girls High School wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports.  There are currently 12 states that recognize girls wrestling as a stand-alone sport and sponsor a state championship.  More states are sure to add girls wrestling in the near future.  In the last year alone 7 of the 12 states were added.

According to NFHS participation statistics, Girls High School Wrestling participation numbers have increased for 28 straight years.

States with Girl's

College

Programs continue to be added at the collegiate level to keep up with the demand of the increasing High School girls wrestling participation numbers.  There are currently 48 programs in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association.

On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 a proposal was submitted to the NCAA to consider Women's Wrestling for emerging sports status. The Proposal was submitted by Wrestle Like a Girl, the NWCA, USA Wrestling and others.

The 48 programs are located in 22 American states with one program in Canada.  The 48 varsity sponsored college wrestling programs are at NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, and NWAC schools.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will add women's wrestling as an invitational sport beginning the 2018-19 academic year.

Women's Collegiate Wrestling Statistics

Program's by State

WCWA Opportunities Breakdown by Association And Division
NCAA Division I
1
NCAA Division II
9
NCAA Division III
10
National Association of Interscholastic Athletics
25
NJCAA/NWAC/NCWA
5

*Please note; Bacone College in Oklahoma has discontinued sponsoring a collegiate wrestling program.

Newly Added College Programs

Want to get more?

Women's Collegiate opportunities are expanding to keep up with the growth and demand of Girls High School wrestling. Whether you are looking to wrestle in college next year or in years to come, our recruit coaches can help you identify programs and colleges that will fit your athletic, academic, and financial goals.

Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association

  • 45 Collegiate Programs
  • 2 and 4-Year NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA Institutions with scholarships and aid available to wrestlers
  • Individual and Team Championships
  • Freestyle Wrestling
  • Weight Classes: 101-109-116-123-130-136-143-155-170-191

U Sports Canada

  • 16 Teams
  • Canadian Universities
  • Individual National Championship
  • Freestyle Wrestling
  • Weight Classes: 48kg (105.82), 51kg (112.44), 55kg (121.25), 59kg (130.1), 63kg (138.89), 67kg (147.71), 72kg (158.73), 82kg (180.78)

National Collegiate Wrestling Association

  • Club Programs (The number of programs vary by year and are usually run through campus recreation departments and not athletics.  Some schools and programs have varsity status and also compete in the WCWA as well)
  • 2 and 4-Year Institutions
  • Individual National Championship
  • Folkstyle Wrestling
  • Weight Classes: 101 – 109 – 116 – 123 – 130 – 136 – 143 – 155 – 170 – 191

Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association

*Click on WCWA in the filter options to view Women’s Wrestling Programs

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