WICHITA — Make it 23 sports now in the KCAC.
The conference announced on Wednesday that women’s wrestling is now an official sport. There are 12 sports for women and 11 sports for men.
According to a release from KCAC Sports Information, the conference joins the Mid-South Conference, based in Kentucky, as the first two conferences to offer women's wrestling as this sport continues to grow within the NAIA.
According to a release, the KCAC joins the Mid-South Conference, based in Kentucky, as the first two conferences to offer women's wrestling as this sport continues to grow within the NAIA. The conference will blend five programs to begin competition in the 2017-18 school year. Three associate member programs — the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D., Midland University in Fremont, Neb., and Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. — will join the two full-member KCAC institutions, Ottawa University and the University of Saint Mary, in this inaugural year. Midland University and Missouri Valley College are already KCAC associate member schools in lacrosse.
"Following our associate member sport model developed for men's and women's lacrosse, I am pleased to have the collaboration from these five programs coming together for the further development of women's wrestling," said KCAC Commissioner Dr. Scott Crawford. "This effort puts the KCAC and these five programs at the forefront of helping the NAIA take women's wrestling from an emerging sport to an eventual championship sport."
"Over the last two years, women's wrestling has been a great addition to our athletic department sports offerings at OU,” Ottawa AD Arabie Connor said. We're very pleased to see the growth of the sport at the high school level and regionally with more and more collegiate opportunities for women. Having other regional institutions that sponsor women's wrestling join the KCAC in partnership to enhance the experience for the student-athletes is a great to see."