Today, Friday, Jan. 17, as girls from across the state travel to the Indiana High
School Girls Wrestling (IHSGW) 2020 Finals, Trine University has announced it will
start a women's wrestling program of its own. The program will begin competition in
the 2020-21 season.
"We are excited to announce another opportunity for women athletes to compete at the
collegiate level at Trine University," said Assistant Vice President for Athletics
Matt Land. "Women's wrestling is a growing sport and we are proud that women across
the region will have a new opportunity to compete here at Trine."
Women's wrestling is a sport on the rise across the country, with 20 states officially
offering a scholastic state championship, according to the National Wrestling Coaches
Association (NWCA). The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) is set to
join those ranks next year, announcing the formation of its own championship for the
At the college level, more than 70 institutions offer women's wrestling; 24 within
the NCAA. Six NCAA Division III institutions currently sponsor women's wrestling in
the region. Trine becomes the first NCAA institution to sponsor the sport in Indiana.
The biggest news for the growth of women's wrestling came this past June when the
NCAA's Committee on Women's Athletics "recommended that all three divisions of the
NCAA governance structure add women's wrestling as an NCAA emerging sport, effective
August 1, 2020."
The Thunder will begin a national search for the program's first coach immediately.
Last Updated: 02/12/2020