ADRIAN, Mich (July 10, 2014) - Adrian College announced the reintroduction of wrestling—this time with the addition of a women’s team. The response was overwhelmingly supportive, capturing the attention of the National Wrestling Coaches Association who, in collaboration with the United States Wrestling Foundation pledged a $15,000 start-up grant toward the program.
“On behalf of the United States Wrestling Foundation Board of Directors, we are thrilled to work in tandem with the National Wrestling Coaches Association to provide a $15,000 start-up grant to Adrian College in support of their newly established intercollegiate men’s and women’s wrestling programs,” said Jeff Waters, President of the U.S. Wrestling Foundation. “We are especially excited to see the first intercollegiate women’s team emerge in Michigan.”
Mike Moyer, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association also responded with their enthusiasm regarding the announcement. “On behalf of the National Wrestling Coaches Association, we are forever grateful that the Adrian College administration recognizes the educational value that men’s and women’s wrestling will bring its campus,” he said. “Michigan currently has the fifth largest population of high school wrestlers (for boys and girls) in the nation. It is fantastic that the Adrian College administration understands the need to sponsor a sport like wrestling, that is so deeply embedded in the culture of the state.”
Adrian College President Jeffrey R. Docking pledged his commitment to continue the growth and expand opportunities for students of the College. “The addition of Men’s and Women’s Wrestling to our sports portfolio will allow another group of student-athletes to earn their degree while taking part in the resurrection of a championship program,” he said.
“Thank you to Greg Hatcher, the US Wrestling Foundation, and the National Wrestling Coaches Association for supporting this endeavor at Adrian College.”