- MMA HOTBED, ASU REINSTATES WRESTLING PROGRAM

May 24, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com Staff


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Less than two week ago, Arizona State University discontinued its men’s<br /> wrestling program, along with two other varsity sports,

Less than
two week ago, Arizona State University discontinued its men’s wrestling
program, along with two other varsity sports, men’s tennis and men’s swimming.

 

At the
time, according to ASU’s Vice President of University Athletics, Lisa Love, “These
three sports were selected with the following criteria: financial impact,
potential competitive success, conference/regional support and gender equity.
Our revenue trajectory has been positive, however, our ongoing financial
challenges have been well documented by the media. The decision to discontinue
sport programs is a last resort, yet necessary."

 

It didn’t
take long for wrestling supporters to act. Now, just 10 day later, Arizona
State wrestling boosters have raised the necessary $8 million in donations to
revive the program.

 

Known as a recent
hotbed for producing mixed martial arts fighters, former Arizona State wrestlers
C.B. Dollaway, Mark Munoz, Ryan Bader, and Aaron Simpson have combined for a
total of 16 victories in MMA, with zero defeats.

 

The program
was fully reinstated on Friday according to
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