CHICAGO (April 4, 2018) — Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), the world’s largest and most successful athletic recruiting network, in collaboration with USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport, is expanding its network to include women’s collegiate wrestling.
“Women’s wrestling is truly one of the fastest growing sports in the country, but many of today’s high school competitors aren’t sure how to get to the college level.” said Terry Steiner USA Wrestling Women’s National Coach. “Working with NCSA, we’ll be able to effectively bridge that knowledge gap.”
According to the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the number of girls wrestling in high school has grown from 804 to 14,587 since 1994. With more than 30 U.S.-based colleges offering women’s wrestling, and more actively working to launch their programs, this marks the perfect time to support a sport that’s seeking to obtain emerging sports status from the NCAA.
“High school girls all over the country are discovering that they love wrestling and it’s no surprise they want continue competing in college. We’re excited to be working with USA Wrestling to provide the tools to help them make their dream of wrestling in college become a reality,” said Lisa Strasman, president of NCSA.
Even while women’s wrestling is enjoying tremendous growth, there are still regions where high school girls find it difficult to gain access to the sport or exposure for their achievements. By providing helpful information about recruiting, colleges, camps, and more, as well as a robust network in which student-athletes can be searched and discovered by college coaches, NCSA is working to help remove hurdles that limit access to the sport.
NCSA is the world’s largest and most successful collegiate athletic recruiting network. A wholly owned subsidiary of Reigning Champs LLC (www.reigningchamps.com), NCSA’s 700 teammates leverage exclusive data, proprietary matching algorithms and personal relationships built over nearly two decades as the industry leader to connect tens of thousands of college-bound student-athletes to more than 35,000 college coaches nationwide across 34 sports every year. You can learn more about NCSA at www.ncsasports.org.
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. USA Wrestling’s 230,000-plus membership is comprised of athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans. On the elite level, USA Wrestling is responsible for the selection and training of teams to represent the U.S. in international competition, including the World Championships and Olympic Games. In 2017, USA Wrestling won the World Championships in Senior Men’s Freestyle and Junior Men’s Freestyle. On the developmental level, USA Wrestling fosters grassroots expansion of the sport, through the sanctioning of age-group tournaments and the chartering of wrestling clubs. National and regional championships are held for wrestlers from nine years old through the Senior level. For more information, visit TheMat.com.