Welcome to USA Women's Freestyle Wrestling Program,
It has been an exciting time to be a part of the Women’s Freestyle Program the past couple of years and we have a lot to be proud of.
Last year was a historic year from a competition standpoint. Team USA thrived from our Development programs to our Olympic and Senior World Teams. Our U17 and U20 World Teams both won the World Team Championships at their respective divisions. Our Olympic Team had a banner year winning 4 medals in Tokyo with Tamyra Mensah Stock capturing Olympic Gold! Adeline Gray and Sarah Hildebrandt both captured their 1st Olympic medals and Helen Maroulis captured her 2nd Olympic medal. Our Senior World Team won 7 medals at the Senior World Championships. Adeline Gray became the first American in history to capture 6 World titles and Helen Maroulis captured her 3rd World title.
From an Overall program standpoint we may have fared even better.
1- Our base numbers at USA Wrestling have grown by 21%
2- We have grown to 36 states sanctioning the sport of women’s high school wrestling.
3- We now have over 125 colleges and universities that have varsity programs for women’s freestyle wrestling.
4- The NAIA College Division has made women’s wrestling a Championship Sport. The NCAA has placed women’s wrestling into the Emerging Sport Category. Championship status is next up!
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and the USA Wrestling Women’s National Team Staff
Women’s Freestyle Wrestling National Team Head Coach
Women’s Freestyle Wrestling Assistant Coach
Women’s Freestyle Wrestling Development Coach
Jessica Bunker (Medina)
Parents, coaches, and athletes, we are at a very exciting time in the sport. We have some great leaders and heroes on the mat, and a lot of exceptional athletes in our development pipeline. We have a lot of people who have worked hard to open opportunities at every level. In our “Pathway to Excellence” document, we have laid out the path for athletes to get involved at a young age and we have developed a roadmap for them to advance to the highest level of our sport.
I promise you that the sport of wrestling will have a positive impact on the human and character development of the youth in your lives. I encourage you to get them involved in this great sport and watch them flourish and grow. You will not regret it!
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Women’s Freestyle National Team Coach