SUNY Maritime to Drop Wrestling

SUNY Maritime drops three sports, including wrestling

The school announced today that wrestling, men’s tennis, and women’s basketball would be suspended for the coming season.  The silver lining to the announcement is the statement by the Athletic Director hoping that SUNY Maritime could reinstate the teams at a later date.  Maritime competed in the Metropolitan Conference for wrestling and entered four wrestlers in the 2007 conference tournament.  Hopefully, the school will be able commit the funds necessary to reinstate the program and attract enough wrestlers to field a full team in the future.  With an undergraduate student body that is 89% male, Title IX will likely never be a factor in whether or not to reinstate the team.  Please see the release from SUNY Maritime below

DATE: 7/9/2007 2:27:00 PM
Throggs Neck, NY
By John Czarnecki
Sports Information Director

The Athletic Department at SUNY Maritime announced, with regret, that Men’s Tennis, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Wrestling will not be offered for participation in the 2007-2008 academic year.

“Due to monetary constraints and low participation rates the last three seasons in these sports, it is necessary to discontinue them. Hopefully, at a later date this year, we can discuss their re- instatement”, states Maritime Athletic Director Russ Ketcham.

Maritime College offers 20 Varsity sports, as well as numerous club sports to its nearly 1200 students, one of the highest offering levels of any NCAA Division III program in the country.

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