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Montreat College to add men's wrestling

Montreat College will be adding men's wrestling to its roster of intercollegiate athletic activities, the North Carolina school announced this week.

In addition, Montreat will be also adding a co-ed cheer and dance program at the same time.

Director of Athletics Jose Larios said, "With the support of the board of trustees and President (Paul J.) Maurer and his cabinet, we are excited to launch these two new athletic programs. Across the southeast, both collegiate wrestling and cheer and dance programs are growing rapidly. By offering these two new programs, with scholarship support, we are expanding our reach and making Montreat College a great option for students who want these programs to be a part of their education and collegiate experience."

Montreat College's varsity sports programs compete under the Cavaliers name within the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

Montreat is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC), which currently boasts six member schools with wrestling programs and an AAC conference championship event.

Larios said, "Our immediate focus will be for our wrestling program to compete very well at our AAC championships, in hopes of qualifying as many individuals for the NAIA Wrestling Championships." Along with the AAC, nearby Conference Carolinas (NCAA DII) institutions will provide Montreat College's new wrestling program with additional opportunities to compete.
For Fall 2020, Larios anticipates a wrestling roster of 12-15 student-athletes.

A national search for a wrestling coach has already begun.

Here's how the school describes itself at its official website: "Montreat College is a private, Christian, liberal arts college founded in 1916 and offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs for traditional and adult students. Montreat College's main campus for four-year traditional students is located in Montreat, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside Asheville."

Montreat College has a total enrollment of approximately 900 students.

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