UW Parkside: Great Lakes Valley Conference Adds Wrestling
GLVC Adds Wrestling as 21st Sport for 2016-2017
Contact: Mark Albanese, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Media Relations
SOMERS, Wis. (July 7, 2016)– All 15 University of Wisconsin-Parkside athletic teams will compete under the Great Lakes Valley Conference banner in 2016-2017 with the GLVC office announcing the addition of men’s wrestling as a conference sport for the upcoming academic year.
The sport is the 21st to be offered by the GLVC and finally gives the powerhouse Ranger team a conference home after competing as an independent.
UW-Parkside along with six other institutions will vie for the inaugural GLVC Championship next February, including Bellarmine University, Drury University, University of Indianapolis, Maryville University, McKendree University, and Truman State University.
“The Great Lakes Valley Conference is pleased to expand our sports sponsorship with the addition of men’s wrestling for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year,” said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich. “We are excited to provide the wrestling student-athletes in the league the opportunity to compete for a GLVC Championship and provide a conference home for the seven institutions that sponsor the sport.”
The GLVC begins its sport sponsorship with a significant amount of momentum. In November 2015, Drury announced its intention to sponsor wrestling starting with the 2016-17 school year, which at that time gave the GLVC the minimum six programs required by the NCAA to apply for sport sponsorship. Following the league’s formal vote on sport sponsorship in May, Bellarmine announced June 14 that it would absorb the former Saint Catharine College (NAIA) team, bringing the GLVC’s wrestling member to seven.
The 2016-17 schedule will be announced at a later date, however GLVC competition is expected to take place over a three-week period in January and February. The GLVC Champion shall be decided upon by winning percentage of league matches only. There will not be a postseason tournament.
Of the seven GLVC institutions, UW-Parkside leads the way with five individual NCAA Division II Champions, including Nick Becker who won the 174-pound weight class this winter. Truman State has two individual national champions while UIndy, Maryville and McKendree have all claimed one national champion.
The Rangers won the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in program history this winter before logging a seventh place showing at the NCAA Championships.
Official GLVC Release: GLVC to Sponsor Wrestling as 21st Sport in 2016-17
UW Parkside Release: GLVC Adds Wrestling as 21st Sport for 2016-2017