The new wrestling program is expected to take to the mats during the 2017-18 academic year.
"We are excited to offer this sport to the students attending Oklahoma Wesleyan," said Director of Athletics Mark Molder. "This a great sport and aligns directly with what we are looking to do within our athletic department by growing kids spiritually, providing an amazing education, and putting quality athletics on the playing field."
Oklahoma Wesleyan has already begun a national search for wrestling coach. Applications are available online.
Wrestling will be the 17th intercollegiate sport offered at Oklahoma Wesleyan, joining men's soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, cross country, and track and field, and women's volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, golf, tennis, cross country, track and field, and cheer. Existing sports programs compete as the Eagles in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Located in Bartlesville about 45 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma Wesleyan University can trace its roots back to 1909. At its website, here's how Oklahoma Wesleyan describes itself: "As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, OKWU models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith grounded in these four pillars (Christ. Scripture. Truth. Wisdom.). We are a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that feels like family." The four-year school has approximately 1,300 students, with about half of them at the Bartlesville campus.