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Georgia's Shorter University eliminates wrestling

Shorter University has eliminated its NCAA Division II wrestling program, the Georgia-based school announced Tuesday.

When the program was added in fall 2010, it was touted as the only intercollegiate wrestling program in the state of Georgia.

"The decision to discontinue our wrestling program was a difficult one that was made only after considering many other alternatives," said Corey Humphries, Vice President of Student Affairs.

"The lack of nearby competition has proven to be a challenge," said Aaron Kelton, Shorter's interim athletic director. "In NCAA Division II, only one other program now exists in Georgia with two in North Carolina, three in South Carolina and one in Tennessee. This means our wrestlers have to travel to places as distant as Pennsylvania and Ohio for competitions, increasing costs and time missed out of classes."

Because the program is being discontinued, all Shorter wrestlers will be given a release to discuss transfer opportunities at other institutions, and they would be eligible to compete in wrestling at other Division II colleges and universities next semester, provided their academic performance is satisfactory, Kelton said. He added the school will notify other NCAA Division II programs so they may consider Shorter wrestlers for recruiting purposes.

"Shorter University and our athletic department will work with these student-athletes should they wish to continue wrestling at another institution," Kelton said. "These are fine young men who are good students and good athletes, and we will do all in our power to assist them in this transition."

Located in Rome, Ga., Shorter University is a four-year, private college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Founded in 1873, Shorter has approximately 2,200 students.

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