Elmira College to Add Men's & Women's Wrestling Programs
Elmira, NY (09/11/2019) — Elmira College Director of Athletics Renee Carlineo announced Wednesday morning the addition of men's and women's wrestling as intercollegiate programs that will begin competition during the 2020-21 academic year. The teams expand Elmira's varsity sports offerings to 20 intercollegiate programs.
"The addition of men's and women's wrestling comes at a particularly exciting time for the College," stated Elmira College President Dr. Chuck Lindsay. "We have the opportunity to provide a unique co-curricular experience for a new wave of student-athletes, while adding to our already robust athletics programs and the vibrant culture within our current student body."
Wrestling has become an emerging sport in NCAA Division III for both men and women. However, Elmira will become somewhat of a pioneer in the world of women's wrestling in the region, as the Soaring Eagles will sponsor the first NCAA Division III women's wrestling program in New York. Additionally, Elmira's implementation of men's wrestling will be the 12th Division III program in the state.
Elmira College briefly sponsored men's wrestling as a collegiate sport during the 1970s, but the sport was later discontinued. With the reinstatement of the men's program, and the addition of women's wrestling, the College will implement a national search immediately for a head coach for both teams.
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