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Cornell College joins growing list of Iowa schools to add women's wrestling program


Alexis Partida says she "didn't have high hopes" Cornell would get a women's wrestling team before she graduated. Now the sophomore won't have to wait much longer.
Alexis Partida says she "didn't have high hopes" Cornell would get a women's wrestling team before she graduated. Now the sophomore won't have to wait much longer.
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Things are changing at Cornell College outside the Sports Complex -- and now inside.

Construction crews kept busy on renovations to the gym Wednesday, a gym which will soon house a new program.

It's major change everywhere you look.

"It is," says athletic director Seth Wing. "It is and we're really excited and now it's time to get to work, you know?"

Wing is talking about plans that started about a year ago to add a women's wrestling program. It started as talk among alumni and athletes.

"Several years it's been brought up," Wing says.

That talk turned into what Alexis Partida has been waiting for Wednesday with the announcement of the new program. Partida, unable to continue her high school wrestling career at Cornell, has been helping manage the men's team. She was asked to make a graphic for the big announcement.

"It was very hard to keep that big of information and I was just really excited about it," she says.

The team is expected to be formed and competing by 2023, joining a list of other Iowa colleges and universities that have grabbed onto the idea.

Cornell was ready to jump on the trend, building on the solid foundation of its men's program.

"But with COVID it kind of got pushed back so I didn't have high hopes," Partida says.

In 2020, the NCAA classified women's wrestling as an emerging sport. Currently, there are 110 institutions nationwide that will have competitive varsity women’s wrestling teams in the next two years, including 29 in Division III.

The University of Iowa announced in September women will wrestle there in 2023, hiring Olympian Clarissa Chun to lead the team. Cornell becomes the 11th college women’s wrestling program in Iowa that already competes or plans to by at least 2023-24. The Rams join two other Iowa Division III institutions in Wartburg and Simpson.

Partida is excited for the chance to hit the mat again.

"I found myself to be too aggressive for the basketball team," she smiles.

Wing says other prospective athletes have already reached out.

"I completely expect this to grow faster each year," he says.

Alexis is ready.

"Women are pretty tough and we're just as determined," she smiles.

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Cornell College now begins the search for its first women's wrestling head coach. That decision is expected to be made by early April.


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