Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Women's Wrestling Continuing To Grow


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Women's Wrestling Continuing To Grow

by Steve Dittmore, Athletic Director U

"When Ursinus College hired Joe Jamison as its wrestling coach prior to the 2019-20 academic year, he was already thinking about how he could grow the sport by adding women. 

“Wrestling has a long history of being inclusive and accessible, racially and by body type. We have weight classes for a variety of sizes,” he told me. “However, we were excluding half of humanity.”

As a result, conversations regarding how to add women’s wrestling began almost immediately on the 1,500-student campus in Collegeville, Pa. And then Covid hit, and those discussions were paused. But Jamison remained focused on his goal to add women’s wrestling."

>> Mat Awareness: "To be sure, Ursinus College was not the first university to sponsor a varsity women’s wrestling program. Seven other programs already existed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. But, by adding the sport, Urinsus joined the ranks of universities offering the fastest growing intercollegiate varsity sport, outside of esports."

>> Why It Matters: "With one exception, the University of Iowa, all of the teams added in this time period have been at enrollment-driven schools such as Ursinus. This fact is not lost on the Bears’ athletic director Erin Stroble who explains the process at her school involved a proposal from athletics that gained approval from the enrollment staff, and, ultimately, the vice president group."

>> Quotable: "“This was an opportunity to support a new program without needing a brand new facility, at least right away,” Stroble said, noting that growing enrollment was, indeed, a benefit to the decision."

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2.   Diversity/Inclusion Social Media Campaign


The fifth annual Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign, presented by the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee and the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, is underway. 

The campaign is a prime opportunity for student-athletes, administrators, coaches and fans across the country to use their platform to create a dialogue surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion and to communicate the need for and importance of developing inclusive environments to enhance the student-athlete experience.

To learn more, click here  for a comprehensive one-page handout about the campaign and visit the Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign website, which contains a multitude of resources and strategies to assist you and your student-athletes.


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3.   Maroons, Captains Top Polls

The University of Chicago and Christopher Newport University remain atop the latest United Soccer Coaches Association DIII rankings.


  1. Chicago, 14-0
  2. Messiah, 13-0-1
  3. Kenyon, 12-0-1
  4. Stevens, 12-0-2
  5. Johns Hopkins, 11-0-3
  6. North Park, 11-1-1
  7. Middlebury, 9-1-2
  8. Gustavus Adolphus, 10-0-4
  9. Calvin, 12-1-2
  10. Montclair State, 11-1-3

>> Mr. Assister: UW-Eau Claire soph Carter Thiesfeld leads D-III with 21 assists through 12 matches. 

>> What We're Watching This Weekend: No. 4 Stevens vs. Misericordia; No. 7 Middlebury vs. Tufts; No. 16 Amherst vs. No. 25 Hamilton; No. 16 Christopher Newport vs. Mary Washington.
>> Complete Poll

  1. Christopher Newport, 12-0-1
  2. Misericordia, 12-0-1
  3. Johns Hopkins, 11-0-2
  4. Case Western Reserve, 12-0
  5. William Smith, 11-1-2
  6. Messiah, 11-1-2
  7. Wartburg, 13-0-2
  8. Trinity (Texas), 14-0-1
  9. Carnegie Mellon, 9-1-2
  10. Williams, 9-2-2

>> Game Winners: Trinity (Texas) soph Michaela Bosco, Montclair State junior Aileen Cahill and Pitt-Greensburg first-year Megan Hickey share the national lead with six game-winning goals.

>> What We're Watching This Weekend: No. 1 Christopher Newport vs. Mary Washington; No. 10 Williams vs. No. 23 Trinity, Conn.; No. 14 Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons

>> Complete Poll

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    4.   Athenas Are Unanimous

    Claremont-M-S is the unanimous No. 1 team in the land as the latest AVCA women's volleyball rankings were released Tuesday.

    1. Claremont-M-S (90), 20-0
    2. Juniata, 20-1
    3. Calvin, 19-3
    4. Trinity (Texas), 17-3
    5. Northwestern (Minn.), 21-2
    6. NYU, 18-4
    7. Washington (Mo.), 22-3
    8. Berry, 16-3
    9. Wittenberg, 16-3
    10. UW-Whitewater, 21-5
    >> Accuracy: Meredith junior Lauren Bissette leads D-III in hitting percentage at .443 (259 kills, 37 errors, 501 attacks)

     >> What We're Watching This Week: No. 8 Berry vs. Birmingham-Southern; No. 19 MIT vs. No. 25 Tufts

    >> Complete Poll

      5.   A New No. 1

      Middlebury and Rowan remain locked in the top two spots in DIII according to this week's NFHCA coaches' poll. 

      1. Rowan, 14-0
      2. Middlebury, 12-1
      3. Salisbury, 13-0
      4. Trinity (Conn.), 11-2
      5. Amherst, 10-2
      6. Tufts, 10-3
      7. Johns Hopkins, 11-3
      8. Messiah, 11-2
      9. Babson, 12-3
      10. Williams, 9-3

      >> Scoring Machine: Castleton junior Emily Harris leads the country in goals (23) and points (54).  

      >> What We're Watching This Week: No. 1 Rowan vs. No. 3 Salisbury; No. 2 Middlebury vs. No. 6 Tufts; No. 7 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 18 Franklin & Marshall

      >> Complete Poll

        6.   Lightning Round  


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