Proposal 2023-11 passed at the NCAA Convention Saturday with 332 votes for, 134 against, and 6 abstaining. Prior to voting on the proposal, the membership decided which of two season change proposals to vote on. 2023-11 passed over the less restrictive 2023-10 with totals of 314-144-14. The proposal affects wrestling in two main ways. First, the season will be counted using 114 days rather than the current 19 weeks. Second, teams may now use 8 of those 114 days outside the season that runs from October 10th to the NCAA Championships. When using the 8 out-of-season days, no more than three can be used per week, and they can be used both before and after the season. This change will go into effect on August 1, 2023 and will affect the 2023-24 season and beyond.
Below are the 31 schools and two conferences with men’s wrestling that voted against the proposal, preferring to keep things the way they are. Keep in mind that the various aspects of the legislation affect all sports except football, so wrestling was unlikely to be the main factor driving the vote from each school.
Learn more about the proposal and read the language for all sports by clicking here.
Votes against 2023-11 from schools/conferences with men’s wrestling
American Rivers Conference
Johnson & Wales
Rhode Island College
University of the Ozarks
US Coast Guard Academy