BC-WRE--NJCU Women’s Wrestling
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey City University has become the first school in the state to sponsor an NCAA women’s wrestling program.
Athletic director Shawn Tucker announced the additions of both men’s and women’s wrestling programs Wednesday. They will compete as club programs in the 2019-20 academic year and then be elevated to full varsity status in fall 2020.
There are 48 colleges and universities in the United States that sponsor women’s wrestling on the varsity level, with another 14 planning to add the sport within the next two years. Teams compete in freestyle formats in 10 weight classes, ranging from 101 to 191 pounds.
New Jersey has long been considered a hotbed for high school boys wrestling. High school girls wrestling was unanimously approved by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association in October, making New Jersey the first state in the Northeast to offer the sport and the 12th state in the United States.
Women’s wrestling has been an Olympic sport since 2004.