Life University will establish a women’s intercollegiate wrestling program -- the first of its kind in the state of Georgia -- the suburban Atlanta school announced Saturday.
The new Running Eagles women’s program at Life University expects to sign its first scholarship athlete later this year, and anticipates taking to the mats during the 2014‐2015 season. The men’s team kicks off its second season of competition in late October.
Mike Miller, Life’s head wrestling coach, said, “We are excited to start Georgia’s first women’s wrestling program here at Life University. Coach Ron Gorman and I look forward to helping female wrestlers realize their dreams by creating an opportunity for them to wrestle in college.”
Robert Horton, the Women’s Liaison for Team Georgia Wrestling, a non‐profit organization dedicated to furthering the sport of amateur wrestling in the state, said, “Life University is paving the way. The Team Georgia Girls’ Committee has worked hard the past few years to get more opportunities for females to wrestle females in this state.”
According to the school’s announcement, Team Georgia has been successful in creating female tournaments in both folkstyle (the style wrestled in high school and college) and freestyle (Olympic‐style) within the state. Having a collegiate program at Life will further their initiatives of hosting female‐only practices and national‐level tournaments in Georgia.
Expanding opportunities for women in wrestling makes sense in light of growing participation levels. Since 1994, the number of women who wrestle in high school has grown from about 800 to more than 7,000, creating a demand for opportunities beyond prep competition.
Founded in Marietta, Ga. in 1974, Life University is a private health sciences institution offering a number of undergraduate programs, along with its doctoral degree program in chiropractic medicine, the largest in the world.
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