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All afternoon rumblings out of California indicate that Fresno State will drop their wrestling program today. The Fresno Bee is the most reputable non-wrestling outlet that has reported this as of now. This comes after the school reinstated the team for action in the 2017-18 season. Just one year in, Josh Hokit became an All-American for head coach Troy Steiner. The team saw five wrestlers qualify for the 2020 NCAA Championships and six past national qualifiers were slated to return.
Fresno State will be the latest DI school to drop the sport in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, Old Dominion and Stanford announced they were dropping wrestling. The Fresno Bee article details the financial strain that the athletic department has dealt with over the last six-plus months. The athletic department has already underwent a serious of furloughs and eliminated administrative positions.
The Fresno State program was originally cut in 2006, but many in the Fresno community worked tirelessly to keep wrestling in the forefront of the administration.
In addition to wrestling, the women’s lacrosse team and the men’s tennis team are expected to be eliminated. These reportedly will take place at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
More will follow on this situation.