Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, is adding men’s and women’s wrestling for the 2022-2023 season. Eric Biehl will helm the new programs, coming to the school after coaching at Lincoln College. Lincoln announced plans to close earlier this spring. Men’s and women’s wrestling will become the 13th and 14th sports offered at the school of around 500 students near Peoria in central Illinois. Eureka joins Fontbonne and Westminster as SLIAC schools with wrestling and is perhaps best known as the alma mater of Ronald Reagan.
EUREKA – For the first time, men’s and women’s wrestling are coming to the Eureka College Department of Athletics.
Former Lincoln College wrestling coach Eric Biehl is bringing his coaching talents and expertise to Eureka to launch the Red Devils’ 13th and 14th NCAA-sponsored sports for the 2022-23 school year, Eureka College announced on Tuesday.
NCAA Division III sponsors a men’s wrestling championship and women’s wrestling was selected for the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program on Aug. 1, 2020. Eureka College will become the third St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Confernece member to sponsor women’s and men’s wrestling.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new athletic programs to the Eureka College campus community, as well as an accomplished, driven coach in Eric Biehl,” Eureka College President Dr. Jamel Wright said. “Wrestling has a rich tradition in the state of Illinois, and women’s wrestling in particular is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. We are proud and excited to welcome Lincoln College transfers to continue competing in the sport they love and open doors to new experiences for other current and prospective Eureka College students interested in joining these teams.”