NCWA Mission Statement

"Dedicated to Expanding Athletic Opportunity to Tomorrow's Leaders"

The NCWA was founded in 1997 as a 501c3 association created to fill the gap in the collegiate wrestling community. Many institutions of higher education have lost wrestling programs due to outside influences such as budgetary cutbacks or governmental legislation. Although participation interest among students remains high, many colleges have been forced to offer their students fewer opportunities inside their athletic departments. Despite that fact, wrestling remains among the fastest growing interscholastic sports. 

Since many colleges and universities have been unable to offer men’s and women’s wrestling opportunities for incoming students within their current athletic structure the NCWA has stepped up to help provide alternative participation opportunities to the increasing number of high school seniors wishing to continue wrestling at the college level. 

The NCWA is the youngest of the nationally recognized governing bodies, that include the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and NCWA. The NCWA helps develop programs under the school’s athletic department, student services department or sport club department providing member institutions with a national governing body for competition, communication and promotion of collegiate style wrestling.  One of many uniqueness’s of the NCWA is that we operate as the only collegiate athletic governing body devoted exclusively to the sport of wrestling.

With college wrestling at its most limited level in history, and more wrestling athletes graduating from high school than ever before, the opportunity for colleges to attract top-notch students by offering a wrestling program has never been greater. NCWA programs draw students who will chose an institution of higher education for its academic excellence, not just it's athletic offerings and since the university is not required to add members to its athletic department, it can properly balance opportunity ratios.

We are committed to a vision that has at its core increased athletic opportunity for all students. Our hope is to provide a spawning ground for new wrestling teams and to support existing programs wherever they exist. In addition, because student athletes, boosters and donors may be the primary funders of the program there are limited university budgetary concerns. 

The NCWA was founded with the student athlete in mind. We are composed of non-paid volunteers committed to helping our young people accomplish their goals and dreams, and to reach for excellence in everything they do. Through athletic endeavor, leadership responsibilities and community involvement, NCWA student athletes will leave college life to meet a competitive world head on. They will have been equipped through their academic achievements and athletic success to take the competition to the mat, score and emerge a champion.

We encourage you to take the next step in expanding the way your school sees student involvement in athletics. 

Join us in changing lives.

Jim Giunta
Founder & Executive Director