MOUNT OLIVE – In an historical announcement by the Conference Carolinas and the South Atlantic Conference, the member institutions have been unveiled for the unique collaboration between the conferences for the inaugural year of women’s wrestling beginning the 2024-25 academic year.
The University of Mount Olive will participate in the collaboration.
Back in 2021, the Conference Carolinas and the South Atlantic Conference announced that the conferences would begin collaborating on women’s wrestling, which remains an NCAA emerging sport.
With the partnership, member institutions from both conferences will be able to compete for a co-branded “South Atlantic Conference Carolinas” championship in women’s wrestling. The inaugural academic year of the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas women’s wrestling collaboration in 2024-25 will feature Emmanuel, Emory & Henry, King, Lincoln Memorial, Mount Olive and Newberry from the two conferences.
In addition, Allen and Bluefield State are joining Conference Carolinas as associate members and will participate in South Atlantic Conference Carolinas women’s wrestling. Allen, located in Columbia, S.C., announced the addition of women’s wrestling in October of 2022. Bluefield State, located in Bluefield, W.Va., became the first historically black college to sponsor women’s wrestling when they announced the addition of the sport in December of 2021.
The University of Mount Olive will be entering its second year with women’s wrestling following its inaugural season in 2022-23. The Trojans posted a 7-3 record in dual meets and featured three qualifiers for the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Coalition (NCWWC) National Championship. Rising sophomore Jada Arnold capped a historical year after becoming the first All-American in program history following an eighth-place finish in the 191-weight class at nationals.
— From University of Mount Olive Athletics