Women’s College Wrestling Association
The Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) is a completely autonomous association currently administering programs of intercollegiate athletics participating in the sport of women’s wrestling in accredited colleges and universities. The fundamental intent of the WCWA is that intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of the total educational program of the institution. This belief is strongly reflected in the governing documents, activities and organizational structure of the Association.
The WCWA, formed in 2008, is the current governing body for all collegiate women’s wrestling programs at the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions. Its primary role is to standardize the competition rules for women until the NCAA, NAIA, and/or Junior Colleges sanction it as an emerging sport. Each governing body requires a minimum number of schools to sponsor a particular sport before they will sponsor a national championship. The NAIA requires a minimum of 15 member institutions to sponsor a team in order to recognize it as one of its sports. As of 2011-2012, there are nine NAIA member institutions sponsoring a women’s wrestling program – making up the majority membership in the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA).
Current members include: Campbellsville University, East Tennessee State University, Jamestown College, Northwest Kansas Technical College, King College, Lindenwood University Saint Charles MO, Lindenwood University Belleville, Lock Haven, Menlo College, Midland University, Missouri Baptist University, Missouri Valley College, Oklahoma City University, Pacific University, Simon Fraser University, Southwest Oregon Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, University of the Cumberlands, Waldorf College, Wayland Baptist University, and West Chester University.
The WCWA competes in the Olympic discipline of freestyle wrestling and offers the following weight classes: 101 lbs, 109 lbs, 116 lbs, 123 lbs, 130lbs, 136 lbs, 143 lbs, 155 lbs, 170 lbs, 191 lbs.
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