ASHLAND, Ore. — The women’s wrestling team at Southern Oregon University will have a little something extra to compete for this season.
The Cascade Collegiate Conference announced earlier today that starting in the 2019-20 season, women’s wrestling will be recognized as a championship sport in the conference.
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“It’s very forward-thinking and an outstanding move by the CCC,” said Southern Oregon head wrestling coach Mike Ritchey.
The NAIA has identified women’s wrestling at the national level and held their first Invitational championship last season.
The CCC’s recognition of women’s wrestling will introduce a conference championship that Ritchey considers critical to the development of the sport and the student-athletes.
“I think it adds another element to the team aspect [of wrestling],” Ritchey said. “It adds a ‘bigger than you’ element that’s so important in sports."
Ritchey also said he thinks it will stimulate growth in throughout the West Coast in what he considers the “fastest growing women’s sport in the nation.”
“We are very excited to add women’s wrestling to our slate conference offerings,” CCC Commissioner Robert Cashell said in a press release. “We will get to work over the summer with women’s wrestling coaches to develop sport guidelines and identify a date for the inaugural CCC women’s wrestling championships.”