USF announces new Men’s and Women’s Wrestling programs

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — The University of Sioux Falls announced today that it will add Men’s and Women’s Wrestling to be the 18th and 19th sports teams at the university, with competition to begin in the fall of 2023.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of men’s wrestling and the addition of women’s wrestling at USF.” “With wrestling’s popularity in the Midwest, we look forward to recruiting outstanding student-athletes to compete both at the regional and national level. Wrestlers train with a passion and resiliency that make them successful on and off the mat, so we think they will be a great fit and addition to our athletic department.” -Pam Gohl, USF Director of Athletics

The search for two different head coaches is underway now, one for the Women’s Wrestling team (freestyle wrestling) and one for the Men’s Wrestling program (folkstyle wrestling).

USF competes in NCAA Division II Athletics in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Because the NCAA currently categorizes Women’s Wrestling as an NCAA Emerging Sport, USF will be exploring all options in regards to conference affiliation as the landscape continues to evolve. The NCAA emerging sport designation is intended to help schools provide more athletics opportunities for women as well as more sport-sponsorship options for institutions while helping the sport achieve NCAA championship status. Right now there are 16 NCAA schools from Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and Colorado that are sponsoring and competing in Women’s Wrestling in 2022-2023. Continue reading at →