Ferrum College to Add Women’s Wrestling
By Mark Palmer
Less than three years after announcing the hiring of Nate Yetzer as head coach of its then-new men’s intercollegiate wrestling program, Ferrum College will add a women’s intercollegiate mat program as well as a men’s wrestling club immediately, with recruitment already underway, the Virginia-based school announced Thursday.
Yetzer, who will be responsible for both new programs, has guided the Ferrum men’s varsity program to success in its first two seasons of competition, producing place-winners at the NCAA Division III East Regional, and school’s first-ever NCAA national championship qualifier. In fact, the school hosted the 2015 NCAA Division III East Regional event in nearby Roanoke, Va.
Ferrum’s women will compete under the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA), while the men’s club program will compete under the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) as a sanctioned club program. The WCWA holds a national championship tournament, contested annually in February with over 200 competitors. Ferrum’s two new programs will have strong competition nearby. The King University (Bristol, Va.) women won their second straight WCWA national championship this year, while Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.) won the 2015 NWCA club program national title.
President Jennifer Braaten, noting that Ferrum will be one of the first institutions on the east coast to provide collegiate wrestling as an option for women, said, “We have a long tradition of strong, award-winning athletic programs. Through the additional opportunities provided to our student-athletes through these new offerings, Ferrum will continue to distinguish itself in athletics.”
“The addition of these two new programs will help to elevate our wrestling program here at Ferrum,” said Yetzer. “I’m excited to continue to bring quality student-athletes that want to continue to wrestle at the next level. Our goal is to build all three of our programs into championship teams.”
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