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USA Wrestling sets membership records in five major categories in 2013-14

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Oct. 16, 2014, 1:38 p.m. (ET)

USA Wrestling, the national governing body for amateur wrestling in the United States, has set records in five major membership categories during the 2013-14 year.

The 2013-14 membership year, which ended on August 31, 2014, set annual records for athletes, coaches, clubs, and sanctioned events, in addition to female athlete members.

In addition, the combined USA Wrestling membership which includes athletes, coaches and officials, reached 225,100 at the end of the membership year, smashing the previous record of 205,053 from the 2012-13 year. It was the first time combined membership went over 225,000, which was an impressive 9.8% increase from last year.

During the 2013-14 year, USA Wrestling registered 194,226 athlete members, topping the previous mark of 176,249 set during the 2012-13 year.

The new record for coach members was set with 28,333 coaches, breaking the record of 26,218 coaches registered in the 2012-13 membership year.

For the tenth consecutive year, USA Wrestling chartered clubs reached a new level, climbing to 4,464 clubs. The previous high was 4,153 clubs, which was set in the previous membership year.

Sanctioned events rose to a record 2,143 in 2013-14, an increase from the 2,103 events which were sanctioned last year.

Female athlete membership reached an all-time high in 2013-14 with 8,040 registered, up from the previous record of 5,640 set in 2012-13. This is an increase of 43% in one year.

The membership records were possible through the combined team effort of USA Wrestling's volunteer leaders on the regional, state and local levels along with the national staff, which provided the most comprehensive program of wrestling activities in the nation.

Five state associations showed increases in all five of the major membership categories: total athletes, coaches, clubs, sanctions and officials: Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia.

California had the largest combined membership of athletes, coaches and officials with 22,855.

States with an increase in athlete members included: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennyslvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

States with an increase in coach members included: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennyslvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin.

States with an increase in clubs included: California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming.

States with an increase in sanctioned events included: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin,

States with an increase in officials members included: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia.

“We continue to look at our membership offerings and benefits to make sure they meet the needs of our members and the wrestling community,” said USA Wrestling State Services Director Tony Black. “Our volunteer leadership has done a great job of letting us know what sorts of membership would be successful in their states. We have tested a few membership options that have been successful, and we will keep evaluating the market, our members and what we offer.”

USA Wrestling has already had a strong start in the first few weeks of the 2014-15 season, and will work hard to continue to increase opportunities within wrestling at all levels across the nation.