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In Push to Restore HBCU Wrestling, Athletes Regain Their 'Choice' Starting at Morgan State

One initiative—backed with financial support and resources—is on a mission to revive a forgotten history of excellence in the sport dating back nearly 50 years.

Largest Donation in Morgan State University Athletics History Paves Way for Return of Division I Collegiate Wrestling, Following 24-Year Hiatus

Endowment Funded by HBCU Wrestling and Billionaire Philanthropist Mike Novogratz Positions Morgan as the Only HBCU to Offer D1 Varsity Program

Kenny Monday, first Black Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, hired as Morgan State coach

Will more HBCUs follow Morgan State’s lead and bring back or start wrestling?

HBCU Wrestling Programs Forge Groundbreaking Partnership with Wrestle for Humanity in Bristol, UK

In a remarkable move last week, representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Wrestling Initiative (HBCU W ) embarked on a transformative visit to Bristol, UK, where they met with counterparts from the esteemed international organization, Wrestle for Humanity. This historic meeting marks a significant stride in the evolving collaboration between the two entities, driven by a shared commitment to advancing athlete development and making a positive impact on society.

HBCUs capitalize on growing interest by adding sport options

Jones had attended the University of Maryland on an academic scholarship and was a walk-on for the wrestling team. He became team captain, competed at the NCAA championships and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He later noticed that, in 2021, Black men made up half the 10 Division I national champions in wrestling but fewer than 10% of Division I wrestlers.

Delaware State to host All Girl Wrestling Clinic

DOVER, Del. -- Delaware State University in collaboration with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Wrestling Initiative (HBCUW), Wrestle Like a Girl (WLAG), the Black Wrestling Association (BWA), and Division I Women's Wrestling (D1WW), announces it will host an All Girls Wrestling Clinic next month. Aimed at expanding opportunities for young women in wrestling, DSU Athletic Director, Alecia Shields-Gadson, shared, "Delaware State University (DSU) proudly presents the groundbreaking "All Girls Wrestling Clinic," a transformative event that champions access and opportunity for aspiring female wrestlers. In collaboration with esteemed organizations such as HBCUW, WLAG, BWA, and D1WW, this clinic aims to empower young women with the skills, confidence, and support needed to thrive in the world of wrestling. Join us as we pave the way for a future where gender barriers crumble, and every girl's passion for wrestling is nurtured and celebrated."

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