|Div. II St. Andrews Presbyterian College adds a varsity wrestling program|
By Kevin Buczek St. Andrews SID
LAURINBURG, NC-St. Andrews Presbyterian College Athletic Director Howard Reichner has announced the addition of intercollegiate men's wrestling to the college's list of NCAA Division II sponsored sports beginning in the fall of 2006.
"We at the St. Andrews Athletics Department are dedicated to providing the greatest opportunity to the greatest number of student athletes," said Reichner. "Wrestling is a major high school sport and a growing collegiate one as well. A large number of high school wrestlers come from this region and we hope the addition of wrestling at St. Andrews will serve their interest and needs."
Reichner is currently looking for the Knights first Head Wrestling Coach. The inaugural coach will be brought in the spring of '06 to start recruiting for the 2006/2007 season.
"We have received some very impressive resumes from interested coaches and will begin interviews after the Christmas holidays. We hope to have our new wrestling coach on board after the first of the year and will be recruiting our student wrestlers for next fall," explained Reichner.
"Adding a wrestling program at St. Andrews is another example of our student focus and evidence of our commitment to provide our students with meaningful opportunities to be engaged in campus activities and participate in intercollegiate athletics," added St. Andrews President John Deegan, Jr. "Wrestlers are among some of the most disciplined of athletes, both on the mat and in the classroom, and at St. Andrews we celebrate scholar-athletes. This latest addition to our athletics program is one more step in the process of growing our College in the right direction."
Wrestling will add approximately 30 student-athletes to St. Andrews, who will compete in 10 different weight classes. The Knights will participate in both dual matches and tournaments during each NCAA winter season.
The Knights will start with no conference affiliation but will be affiliated with the East Region of NCAA Division II. Wrestling is an expanding sport in D-II that now has over 40 schools participating. Other local Division II wrestling teams in North and South Carolina include UNC Pembroke, Belmont Abbey, Anderson, Limestone, and Newberry.
If you are interested in being a member of the inaugural team, please contact Admissions at 1-800-763-0198.
St. Andrews is a four-year, liberal arts institution located in Laurinburg, North Carolina. SAPC has an increasing enrollment that is currently around 700 students and now offers 18 NCAA Division II sports.