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Iowa Western CC in Council Bluffs, Iowa adds women's wrestling and seeks athletes for upcoming season

by Iowa Western CC, and other sources

With a few tweets and some local media coverage, a new women's college wrestling team was created this past week.

Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is adding a women's wrestling team at the NJCAA junior college level.

On its @GoReivers Twitter site, the university announced:
The time is now! Iowa Western to add women's wrestling.

Iowa Western President DanKinney tweeted this:
@GoReivers @ReiverWrestling adds Women’s Wrestling beginning this Fall! Any women interested contact our coaching staff!

During the Junior/16U Nationals in Fargo, N.D., USA Wrestling was given this information to share with the wrestling community:
At Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, it has just been approved to offer a women's wrestling program for this coming year of 2021-22. Obviously this is great news. However, there is little time to put it together. If you know of any women's wrestler who has graduated high school and would like to continue their wrestling careers, please contact Head Coach Josh Watts at 229-343-8379 or Assistant Coach Oscar Ramirez at 712-209-3215.

Below is an indepth article about the decision from the local press.

NONPAREILONLINE:Iowa Western to add women's wrestling

by Tim Johnson

Iowa Western Community College athletics will enter a new arena this fall

The college will join Indian Hills Community College as the only junior colleges in Iowa with a women’s wrestling program.

The program’s launch was approved by the Iowa Western Board of Trustees during its meeting Monday at the Cass County Center in Atlantic.

President Dan Kinney estimated the program would cost about $160,000 the first year, with revenue likely less than $1,000.

“I think, more importantly, it’s an opportunity for young ladies who are interested in wrestling to have that opportunity,” he said.

It also increases the equity between men’s and women’s athletic opportunities, Kinney said.

The college will use members of its existing coaching staff to operate the program, he said.