USA Wrestling prepares to offer tournament for D-III Wrestlers

Updated: February 5, 2021

In the wake of the NCAA announcing that the national governing body for college sports was cancelling the Division III nationals for a second straight year, USA Wrestling — the governing body for amateur wrestling — is preparing to offer another postseason national tournament for those D-III schools.


The following was released today by USA Wrestling:

By Rich Bender and Bruce Baumgartner, USA Wrestling | Feb. 05, 2021, 1:47 p.m. (ET)

This can be attributed to Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director.

“USA Wrestling is extremely disappointed and heartbroken about the hundreds of wrestling student-athletes who have lost their opportunity to have their 2020-21 season-ending competition due to the cancellation of the winter sports national championships at the NCAA Div. III level. This is the second straight year that this important group of student-athletes will not have an official national tournament.

As the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States, we feel we have an obligation and responsibility to provide a competition for these athletes. We are poised to step into the breach on behalf of Div. III wrestlers. We have been actively pursuing a number of options that are available to us, working with our partners and stakeholders within the sport. It is our goal to provide a high-quality event for these athletes during this academic season. USA Wrestling has been able to successfully host numerous competitions at many levels, using its COVID-19 Return to Events Guidelines and following local health and government regulations.”

This can be attributed to Bruce Baumgartner, USA Wrestling President

“USA Wrestling believes that creating a season-ending tournament for NCAA Div. III wrestling student-athletes fits in line with our mission to “provide quality opportunities for its members to achieve their full human and athletic potential.” We clearly understand the role that the NCAA Championships play in the lives of these students. USA Wrestling is eager to help, and believe we have both the resources and ability to assist during this challenging time for the wrestlers and their families. “