UWSP Adds Women's Wrestling

November 8, 2018

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point athletic department has announced the addition of a women's wrestling program to its sport offerings.  Women's wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and UWSP will be the first public institution in the Midwest to offer the sport.
"I think this is a tremendous opportunity for our campus to be the first public institution in the Midwest to add women's wrestling," stated UWSP Athletic Director Brad Duckworth.  "Our University goals include increasing enrollment and improving retention of our students and this is another way our athletic department can help.  I am confident that Coach Johnson will do a great job leading the program."
UWSP men's wrestling coach Johnny Johnson will also coach the women's program, which is scheduled to begin competition in 2019-2020.   The UWSP women's program intends to join and compete in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA), the governing body of women's college wrestling.
"I am very excited about the addition of women's wrestling at UW-Stevens Point," said Johnson. "I think this is a positive move for UWSP, our athletic department, and the women wrestlers in the Midwest looking for collegiate wrestling opportunities."
Women's wrestling has grown from around 800 participants in high school in 1994 to more than 16,000 this year.  In the U.S., 13 states sponsor a high school state championship in women's wrestling.
"We are grateful to the UWSP administration to have them be pioneers in women's wrestling," said Michael Moyer at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).  "Wisconsin is clearly an area with history and tradition in the sport of wrestling.  The NWCA has helped establish 215 wrestling programs since 2000 to provide a cost-effective way to bolster enrollment with quality students."
Since 2004, women's wrestling has been a recognized Olympic sport.  The NWCA is currently in the process of pursuing emerging sports status for women's wrestling in the NCAA.
Upon acceptance, the Pointers would be the 50th member of the WCWA.  UWSP's program will be open to current and prospective students.

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