The holidays just got happier for wrestlers in the Lone Star state, as Texas Wesleyan University just announced it will be adding both men's and women's wrestling to its sports roster, the Fort Worth school revealed this week.
The Rams will take to the mats the Sooner Athletic Conference in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) starting in fall 2019. A search for a head coach is underway, with recruiting expected to begin in early 2019.
Texas Wesleyan's new intercollegiate mat programs are the first in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex... and only the second in the entire state of Texas at any level to offer scholarships.
"Texas Wesleyan athletics continues to grow every day, thanks to recent successes across several of our sports," said Ricky Dotson, athletic director. "With Texas having the fastest- growing participation in high school wrestling of any state in the country, adding men's and women's teams to our diverse offering is a perfect next step."
"Wrestling is great addition to our successful athletics program," said Frederick G. Slabach, president of Texas Wesleyan. "We think this is a wonderful opportunity for students to compete in wrestling collegiately while earning their degree in a student-first environment ideal for thriving on and off the field."
Texas Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university established in Fort Worth in 1890. The school has a total enrollment of approximately 3,4000 students.