One of the fastest growing college sports in the country could be coming to the North Coast.
College of the Redwoods announced on Wednesday that it is considering adding women’s wrestling in 2023.
According to a press release, the local community college will be conducting a research and feasibility project over the next few months to determine community interest in adding the sport.
Considering the recent growth in the sport locally in high school, it seems like a no brainer.
Del Norte and Eureka high schools, in particular, have been fielding very competitive and deep rosters, with the Loggers placing third in the entire North Coast Section two years ago.
CR will be seeking information from local high school programs, potential recruits and community supporters.
According to the press release, “In California, women’s wrestling has seen a steady rise in participation at the club level in recent years and is growing in popularity around the nation with several National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) programs popping up.”
The California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) has already begun the legislative process to add the sport and it is anticipated full CCCAA sponsorship will be voted on in early April of 2022.
“This program could be a great way to provide additional academic and athletic opportunities to female students,” CR Athletic Director Bob Brown said. “With the CCCAA sponsorship and full support, it could allow for a full schedule of competition within reasonable travel distances and manageable costs, which have been barriers in the past.
“Many of our local and regional high schools have strong women’s programs and coaching. I believe CR could easily be very competitive in the sport right out of the gate.”
If added, wrestling would become the 14th sport at CR and the eighth women’s program.
The Corsairs compete in women’s volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, softball and track and field and will be adding tennis next year.
The school also has men’s teams in cross country, soccer, basketball, baseball and track and field, and the Corsairs announced earlier in the year that they will be bringing back football in 2022.
A new women’s wrestling team also has the support of CR President Keith Flamer.
“I approved the recommendation to explore adding women’s wrestling to the list of intercollegiate sports CR offers beginning in the 2023-24 academic year,” he said. “I believe that offering women’s wrestling reinforces our commitment to strengthening women’s athletics at College of the Redwoods.”