WDC wrestler is first to commit to Northland women’s team

Madelyn Gallant signs letter of intent to wrestle for Pioneers

It seems fitting that Madelyn Gallant will be a Pioneer next school year. The Wadena-Deer Creek senior has been a pioneer for the WDC Wolverine Wrestling program and on Tuesday, the high school senior signed a letter of intent with the Northland Community and Technical College Pioneers to continue her wrestling career.

Gallant made history becoming the first women’s wrestler to commit to the new program. Northland will join Augsburg University as only the second women’s collegiate wrestling program in Minnesota. On April 10, Northland announced the formation of a women’s team to join their men’s team, which was brought back after a 43-year hiatus in 2013.

The National Junior College Athletic Association added Women’s Wrestling as an Emerging Sport in 2021-22 and held a National Invitational Tournament in conjunction with the Men’s Tournament this year. Women’s Wrestling has grown from 804 participants in 1994 to over 31,000 this year throughout the United States. In Minnesota, the MSHSL has sanctioned Girls Wrestling the past two seasons with participation rising from about 200 girls to over 500 this season.

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Northland Community & Technical College adding women’s wrestling in 2023

It is the second Minnesota college to add the sport, following Augsburg University

April 10, 2023 – Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn., will soon be the second college in Minnesota with a women’s wrestling program. Northland announced today the addition of women’s wrestling as a varsity sport, set to begin competition in 2023-24. Adding women’s wrestling will bring the total number of varsity athletic teams at Northland to nine (four women’s, three men’s, and two co-ed).

Northland is the first Minnesota College Athletic Conference member to add women’s wrestling. Augsburg University is Minnesota’s only other school offering women’s collegiate wrestling.

“We are excited to announce the addition of women’s wrestling to our sports offerings,” said Northland President Dr. Sandy Kiddoo. “It’s pioneering efforts like this that create so many opportunities for students to continue their athletic careers while accessing higher education.”

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NJCAA North Plains District Qualifiers

Rochester qualified all ten wrestlers to the NJCAA National Championships. The Yellowjackets were followed by Itasca and Ridgewater – both with six qualifiers, and Northland with two. Minnesota West did not get anyone through to the national tournament.

The NJCAA National Championships are set to take place on March 3rd and 4th in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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