CALDWELL – Treasure Valley Community College has announced the start of a wrestling program, but at this point only on the Caldwell campus and only as a club sport.
The college has partnered with a gym in Caldwell. Students wanting to participate must be enrolled at the Caldwell campus with a minimum of nine credits.
The move by the college is being taken after Boise State University eliminated its wrestling program.
“BSU’s cuts last year provides an opportunity to recruit some of these local wrestlers who want to practice and compete at the collegiate level,” said Abby Lee, associate vice president at TVCC. “We are already seeing a lot of enthusiasm and support for the effort.”
As for plans on bringing the sport to the Ontario campus or upgrading wrestling to an accredited sport with financing from the college, Lee said the program is just starting.
Wrestlers will have to buy their own equipment though cost is not expected “to be a big hurdle,” Lee said.
The new team would compete as a member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association and likely face teams in Idaho as well as Eastern Oregon University and Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
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