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More colleges and universities are adding women’s wrestling, IHCC Athletic Director weighs in on growth

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Indian Hills Athletic Director Brett Monaghan says they started their women’s wrestling program as a way to be leaders in a sport that’s gaining popularity across Iowa.

Monaghan hopes it positions them to be highly competitive as more colleges and universities start their own programs. That includes William Penn, Wesleyan University, and soon Iowa. The question is asked if the addition of more women’s wrestling programs is a bad thing for Indian Hills, especially when it comes to recruitment?

Monaghan says no. “There’s an opportunity for us to showcase what we do really well, and I think athletically speaking we do it as well as anyone at our level here in the state of Iowa.”

The interest in the sport of wrestling for women is not just growing on the college level, but also gaining some popularity in high school, too. “As that goes on at the high school level, and you’ve got young ladies that want to compete on the college level and continue their career,” says Monaghan.

According to Monaghan the success that was shown last year from the Indian Hills Women’s Wrestling Team and the projected success, this year will only help the program grow. “This is the place you want to look at to compete as a young female wrestler at the college level.”

If you would like to see the schedule for the Indian Hills Women’s Wrestling Team, click this link for more information.

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