Elmira College in Elmira, New York, announced today that the school will be adding wrestling for the 2020-2021 season. They briefly fielded a men’s team in the 1970s, and the women’s team will be the first Division III squad in New York. They will be the only school in the Empire 8 to sponsor wrestling. Elmira College sits approximately 10 miles north of the Pennsylvania border and 50 miles west of Binghamton.
ELMIRA, N.Y. — Elmira College Director of Athletics Renee Carlineo announced on Wednesday morning the addition of men’s and women’s wrestling as intercollegiate programs that will begin competition during the 2020-21 academic year. The teams expand Elmira’s varsity sports offerings to 20 intercollegiate programs.
“I am incredibly excited for the addition of two wrestling teams to our athletic department and the student-athletes to our community,” said Carlineo. “Wrestlers are gritty, resilient, and will add a new dimension to our already well-rounded student body. We have a perfect geographic location for this sport and possess unique academic offerings to attract competitive wrestlers that are academically strong.”
As part of a larger department-wide initiative, adding men’s and women’s wrestling will impact current athletic facilities in a positive way. The College will begin to explore recreating existing space for locker rooms, not only for the two new athletic programs, but also for Elmira’s current athletic varsity teams.