Cliff Keen National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Tournament

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Adrian College will host the First Annual Cliff Keen National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) in Adrian, Mich. on March 6-7,, 2020. All NCAA varsity women’s wrestling programs at the DI, DII, and DIII levels are eligible and welcome to enter.

This is a historic event, as it is the first national-level tournament for college women’s wrestling programs from NCAA-affiliated universities only.

Organized by the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Coalition, the NCWWC is an important step in the process of receiving NCAA Emerging Sport Status for women’s wrestling. In June 2019, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics recommended that all three NCAA divisions add women’s freestyle wrestling as an emerging sport. These NCAA divisions are considering the women’s wrestling bid this year, and official Emerging Sport Status could be achieved as early as August 2020.

The Cliff Keen National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships is not an official NCAA Championship yet, but will be held annually until the sport receives Emerging Sport Status, then qualifies as an official NCAA Championships with 40 NCAA institutions.

College programs which have been invited to the NCWCC at Adrian College include: Adrian College (MI), Augsburg University (MN), Colorado Mesa University (CO), East Stroudsburg University (PA), Emmanuel College (GA), Ferrum College (VA), Fontebonne University (MO), Gannon University (PA), King University (TN), Lakeland University (WI), Limestone College (SC), Lindenwood University – St. Charles (MO), Lock Haven University (PA), MacMurray College (IL), McKendree University (IL), North Central College (IL), Pacific University (OR), Presbyterian Colllege (SC), Schreiner University(TX), Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada), Tiffin University (OH), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI), Westminster College (MO)

The Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Coalition was created to bring the sport of Women’s Wrestling through NCAA emerging sport status to become a fully-sanctioned NCAA championship sport. As stated in the WCWC vision, the organization is dedicated in the guidance, leadership and governance for the sport of women’s wrestling at the collegiate level based on fair and safe competition, while adding competitive varsity opportunities for female student-athletes. For more information, visit its website at

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