USF to add men’s and women’s wrestling in 2023

The University of Sioux Falls announced that it would add a men’s and women’s wrestling program beginning in the fall of 2023. USF previously had men’s wrestling, but in 2011 it was dropped.

USF athletic director Pam Gohl said in a press release Monday that given the popularity of the sport, this is a significant decision.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of men’s wrestling and the addition of women’s wrestling to USF. With the popularity of wrestling in the Midwest, we look forward to recruiting exceptional student-athletes to compete at the levels regional and national,” Gohl said. “The wrestlers train with a passion and resilience that allows them to be successful on and off the mat, so we think they will be a great addition to our athletic department.”

Men’s Wrestling will compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in Division II, while Women’s Wrestling has yet to enter a conference – due to year-over-year athletic growth at the national level.

South Dakota also has a sanctioned high school girl wrestling division. This winter, it will enter its third season. With more colleges adding a women’s wrestling program, there are currently 115 teams across the country, that’s more opportunities for high school female wrestlers to compete in the sport at the college level.

To see USF’s full press release on the addition of men’s and women’s wrestling, click here.

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