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Iowa Becomes First Power Five School to Add Women’s Wrestling: Here’s What it Really Means

Graphic courtesy of the Iowa Women's Wrestling Twitter Page (@IowaW_Wrestling). 




"A game-changer."


These are all phrases used to describe the magnitude and the significance of the University of Iowa's recent decision to add a women's wrestling team, starting in 2023-24. In doing so, Iowa will be the only Power Five institution with a women's program, and just the fourth at the Division I level alongside Lock Haven, Presbyterian, and Sacred Heart. 

Click here to listen to the official full-length press conference from Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta and Iowa Wrestling head coach Tom Brands from Thursday, September 23. The press conference can also be seen below. 

In honor of the momentous occasion, The Open Mat decided to weigh in on what this means in the context of women's wrestling moving forward, both at the University of Iowa and beyond, plus some additional thoughts. 

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