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More Roster Spots Added Overall
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:58:27 AM »
2016-2017 was a good year for adding college programs. Nice bright spot in light of EMU and Boise.


Details here:  https://www.levelchanger.com/blog/2018/5/2/more-college-opportunities
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Re: More Roster Spots Added Overall
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 10:22:15 AM »
Good news indeed.



I wonder what % of new programs are women's wrestling.
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Re: More Roster Spots Added Overall
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2018, 11:12:24 AM »
I don't think it is 50% or more.  The rise in programs is nice.  Taking it to Title IX!!

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Re: More Roster Spots Added Overall
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 08:36:35 AM »
It would have been nice if they had broken it down by division.  My gut feel is that D1 is shrinking, while the others are growing.

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 11:10:36 AM »
Agreed.

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Re: More Roster Spots Added Overall
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 10:29:25 AM »
As of now, we'll have 449 teams starting in the 2019-20 season. I chose that year because all the additions we've had of late list that year as their start.

Here's how it breaks down (source: http://almanac.mattalkonline.com/college-wrestling-teams/)

Division I: 78 (includes Presbyterian, Little Rock)
Division II: 63 (includes 5/29 addition of Lander)
Division III: 109
NAIA: 65
NJCAA/NWAC: 53 (most schools in the Northwest Association compete NJCAA - Grays Harbor is the exception, see below)
CCC: 21
USCAA: 6 (Organization usually associate with very small schools that may hold a dual affiliation with the NAIA. Many Penn State branch campuses will fall under this organization. They are working towards actual sponsorship of the sport fully. They host a "national invitational

**NCWA: 4 (Some NCWA programs are under the USCAA above, but this is a school-sponsored type of no-man's land, they don't compete in their parent org - like Grays Harbor, which is NWAC)
Grays Harbor, Mott CC, Richland (Tex) & Schreiner, which is D3 as a school but is in a "limbo" with what it wants to do with wrestling. 

WCWA: 49
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 10:55:48 AM »
Thanks for the breakdown.

I thought the NCWA was larger than that (unless I am mixing them up with someone else).  Several schools in Florida have (had?) teams under their banner, with UCF having the best program.  I know a lot of folks were comparing them to intramural teams, which rankled the team members, since they are much better organized than that.

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2018, 11:01:45 AM »
The NCWA has hundreds of clubs, but for the purposes of my list, I've included only the schools that "fund" their teams as "varsity" but opt to compete in the NCWA. Mott CC is kind of the outlier in that regard.

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2018, 11:11:42 AM »
When I saw Little Rock as an added team I did a bit of research and found out the Greg Hatcher gave $1.4 million to get the program running. Id say this man is the Father of Arkansas wrestling. Her's more from USA wrestling.
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Greg Hatcher was a nine-letter winner and one of the last athletes to play three varsity sports for four years at Alma College in Michigan. He was captain of the wrestling team and was named first-team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1982-83.

Hatcher helped the wrestling and baseball teams each capture three MIAA titles while also lettering in soccer. He was inducted into the Alma College Athletic Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007, and he was a member of three Hall of Fame wrestling teams and two Hall of Fame baseball teams.

Hatcher was president of his junior class and served as president of the student body as a senior. He co-founded and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and also served as sports information director from 1981-83. He was Alma College’s Top Senior Graduate in 1983 and also was chosen Tau Kappa Epsilon’s national Top TKE.

He started The Hatcher Agency in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1990 with a loan from the bank, an assistant and 500 square feet of office space. At the end of the first year, Hatcher had outgrown the office space and had seven employees while producing more insurance than any agent in Arkansas.

The Hatcher Agency was named Arkansas’s Small Business of the Year in 1993 and has led the state in health insurance every year since its founding in 1990. Arkansas Business named it the Most Philanthropic Company in 2006, and it has been chosen as the Best Insurance Agency every year.

Hatcher founded the Arkansas Wrestling Association in 2005 and is proud that now more than 4,000 kids are wrestling in Arkansas. He was instrumental in Arkansas becoming the 49th state to institute the sport at the high school level. He helped start programs and purchased wrestling mats for 65 high schools, a wrestling academy and 10 college programs while also funding the Hatcher Wrestling Center at both Ouachita Baptist University and Lyon College in Arkansas and the Hatcher Wrestling Room at his alma mater.

USA Wrestling and WIN Magazine have named Hatcher Man of the Year, and he received the Distinguished Alumni and the Certificate of Merit from the Arkansas Activities Association. He was presented the Outstanding American award from the Arkansas Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hatcher was named Arkansas' Philanthropist of the Year in 2015 and was the March of Dimes Citizen of the Year in 2005. He wrote 55 Steps to Outrageous Service, a book outlining the service that The Hatcher Agency delivers every day to its clients, and Between The Ears (How to Think Like a Champion), sharing 110 hard-earned lessons learned from nearly 25 years of coaching.

Hatcher serves on the board of the United States Wrestling Foundation and is also on the Alma College Board of Trustees.

The Order of Merit is presented to an individual that has made a significant contribution to the sport of wrestling, but who is not an athlete or a coach.

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