National Wrestling Hall of Fame

National Wrestling Hall of Fame to Present Women in Wrestling Exhibit and Forum at NCAA DI Wrestling Championships

World Champion Tricia Saunders (back center) will participate in the forum on Women in Wrestling.

STILLWATER, OK – Women in Wrestling will be the subject of an educational outreach display from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis from March 19-21. The exhibit will be on view at the Fan Fest in Union Station during the championships.

“Thanks to our partnering sponsor, USA Wrestling, we are able to present an informative and inspiring exhibit about the evolution of women’s wrestling in the United States and globally,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “Female wrestling has its roots in ancient times as does its male counterpart.”

The exhibit will feature historical milestones for females in wrestling at the youth, high school and collegiate levels of competition, as well as other fun facts. Wrestling has been a global sport since the Women’s Freestyle World Championships debuted in Norway in 1987.

“We are excited to be combining elements of the Super 8 exhibit on Women in Wrestling that United World Wrestling (the sport’s international wrestling federation) launched in January of 2015,” Smith said.

In addition to the exhibit, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will host a Women in Wrestling forum between the first and second sessions at 3:45 pm on Thurs., March 19, on the main stage of Fan Fest. The forum will be moderated by well-known public address announcer and the voice of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Sandy Stevens. Panelists for the 45-minute program include:

Kyra Barry, USA Women’s Freestyle World Team Leader from New York, NY
Adeline Gray, USA World Freestyle Champion from Colorado Springs, CO
Lucas O’Ceallachain, Development Director for United World Wrestling from Switzerland
Tricia Saunders, six-time USA World Freestyle Champion from Phoenix, AZ
Amanda Stanec, PhD, Founder of Move Live Learn from St. Louis, MO

Terry Shockley, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame said the Hall of Fame has been eager to encourage the growth and evolution of women’s wrestling in the United States.

“We are grateful to the NCAA for this opportunity to promote the history and benefits of women’s wrestling to the collegiate wrestling community and beyond,” Shockley said, “Hopefully we can inspire future generations of young girls to take up this great sport.”