WICHITA, Kan. -- Friends University Director of Athletics, Dr. Rob Ramseyer, has announced the addition of men's and women's wrestling, along with men's golf, to the list of sports the athletic department offers starting in the fall semester of the 2021 season.
These additions increase the number of sports that Friends University sponsors up to 23 and will raise the level of the overall effectiveness and competitiveness of the department.
"We are excited to announce the addition of these programs," Ramseyer said. "We believe we are positioned to be competitive quickly and are looking forward to getting them started."
The local community is already embracing the notion of men's wrestling in the area, as Visit Wichita is the official host of the 2020 and 2021 NAIA Men's Wrestling Championship at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan.
According to the National Wrestling Coaches Association, women's wrestling is a growing sport that has seen the number of high school women wrestlers increase from 804 in 1994 to 21,124 (as of 2019).
The KCAC currently has six schools competing in women's wrestling (Midland University, Missouri Valley Colllege, Ottawa University, York College, the University of Jamestown, University of Saint Mary), with seven schools participating in men's wrestling (Bethany College, Kansas Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Ottawa University, University of Saint Mary, York College).
Search committees are in the process of hiring a head coach for men's and women's wrestling.