Author Topic: Houston wants college wrestlers! Especially U. Houston: Downtown, Lamar U & U.H.  (Read 2020 times)

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On Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2018, the NCWA Southwest Conference championships (for men & women) took place at the University of North Texas in Denton (near Dallas / Ft. Worth).   Here are the men's results:

https://ncwa.net/results/1350

Here are the women's:

https://ncwa.net/results

Participation subsequently thinned out during the nationals held in DFW:

http://arena.flowrestling.org/event/0b5962b7-a563-0c6e-eb83-d12fd01c83bf

Houston wants more college wrestlers...

For emerging news about off-season open mat practice opportunities involving Houston / Beaumont-area college wrestling teams, please visit here:

http://wrestlingtexas.com/Forum/index.php?topic=759.0


   Meanwhile, might a Battle on the Bayou be in the works between the growing quantity of college club wrestling teams in and near Houston?   They want wrestlers (male & female), fans and allies.  Might you be interested or know of anyone who at least potentially is?    Please share this page as you deem worthwhile.   By the way, more than one person may compete per weight class for each team pursuant to the refreshingly inclusive rules of the NCWA (http://www.NCWA.net)...   

  Anyhow, as is further documented below, Houston has an accomplished club wrestling team (for men & women) at (among others):

 The University of Houston: Downtown:



UHD Gators wrestling links:

https://www.facebook.com/uhdwrestling

https://ncwa.net/teams/UHDW (women's roster, with photos)

https://ncwa.net/teams/UHD (men's roster, with photos)


Meanwhile new wrestling clubs have emerged more recently at (for example):

 The U. of Houston (main campus) (which is quite distinct from UHD, above):



U. of Houston Cougars wrestling links:

https://www.facebook.com/WrestlingUH

Alternative page (membership only):  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1038250212898177/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WrestlingUH

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/uni_houstonwrestling

https://ncwa.net/teams/HOUW (women's roster)

https://ncwa.net/teams/HOU (men's roster)


 as well as at....

Lamar University (in Beaumont, TX near Houston)



Lamar University Cardinals wrestling links:

https://ncwa.net/teams/LAMR

Sports clubs page at Lamarhttps://www.lamar.edu/students/student-engagement/recreational-sports/sport-clubs/index.html
Intramurals there:   https://www.lamar.edu/students/student-engagement/recreational-sports/intramurals/index.html
Also:  https://www.facebook.com/lurecsports

Although Lamar currently has fewer than a dozen guys & gals wrestling for their new club program, it helps that local high schools in & near Beaumont are increasingly embracing wrestling:

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/sports/hs/article/Wrestling-grapples-to-take-hold-in-Southeast-Texas-10822409.php

 Welcome aboard!    8)
 
Might you know of any potential recruits, fans or other allies?
    Lamar U., the UH: Downtown and the U. of Houston: Main Campus (as well as some other area colleges linked below which [to varying degrees] aspire to field wrestling programs of their own) want more wrestlers, and of both genders.   Might you know of anyone potentially interested?   Please feel free to send them this page.


Anyhow:



The University of Houston: Downtown (an entirely different campus, school and wrestling program from the University of Houston) hosted a tri-meet on Saturday, Nov. 11th, 2017 vs. DFW's new powerhouse Richland College (which holds 3 weekly open-mats during the offseason) and Texas A&M.   Here are some photos:

https://www.facebook.com/secederdotcom/photos/p.1886340974713482/1886340974713482

https://www.facebook.com/secederdotcom/photos/p.1886338858047027/1886338858047027

https://www.facebook.com/secederdotcom/photos/p.1886341924713387/1886341924713387

Team photo:

https://www.facebook.com/uhdwrestling/photos/a.548104715311144.1073741827.548098908645058/1468988179889455



For more info about the participating wrestling programs:

University of Houston: Downtown: (Please see above for relevant links);

Here's a brief video that they've made about their efforts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8symwmhIELo


Additionally:

Richland Community College:

https://www.facebook.com/Richlandwrestling

https://ncwa.net/teams/RCC   (men)

https://ncwa.net/teams/RCCW (women)

https://www.facebook.com/Richlandwrestling

&

Texas A&M's wrestling's team's data is here:

https://www.facebook.com/Texas-AM-Wrestling-233124440086488/

https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/organization/tamuwrestling

https://ncwa.net/teams/TAMUW (women's roster with photos)

https://ncwa.net/teams/TAMU (men's roster with photos)

Anyhow the venue was UHD's Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center, which is located just a few dozen yards from the U. Houston: Downtown light rail station on the red line, as well as near various Metro bus lines.   Here's a map:

https://ncwa.net/events/233790

Fans and recruits gave these pioneering teams a gym full of fans like they deserve... 


Here's UHD's main building, on the northern side of Downtown next to Buffalo Bayou.  The gym's behind it:



UHD (like the U. of H.) is very light-rail accessible, conveniently enough:

http://www.ridemetro.org/SiteImage/SchedulesAndMaps/METRORail-LinesMap.png



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  Are more college wrestling teams about to emerge in Houston?    More on that below...

...
    Don't you agree that the U. of Houston: Downtown, Lamar U. and the U. of Houston: Main Campus all deserve to have healthy crosstown wrestling rivalries nearby for their own successful NCWA programs in order to boost our sport's profile throughout Houston, and alleviate travel budget pressures for participating teams, as well?   Besides, NCWA wrestling programs in other parts of Texas (especially in and near DFW, Austin, College Station and San Antonio, etc.) deserve to have healthy in-state competition with which to better prepare for nationals each March too, right?   Here's a link to those teams, by the way:

 https://ncwa.net/teams
 
« Last Edit: March 27, 2018, 02:51:51 PM by Seceder »

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U. Houston: Main Campus vs. U. Houston: Downtown Campus dual in the works?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 03:15:42 AM »
Are any others Houston colleges or universities adding wrestling club teams?
Interestingly enough, there are several other colleges & universities in the Houston area with athletic programs which could sponsor wrestling at least on the club level, if student requests emerge.



  Club programs reportedly have to be started with the help of existing students, or at least incoming ones.   Several eligible colleges and universities have campuses near the light rail, too.   All that it (reportedly) takes is for one student (male or female) at any of these colleges & universities to ask to be that school's competitor in the NCWA and the membership fee's apparently waived for the first year (while word gets around about the team's gradual formation).  Such a pioneering wrestler could practice with local high school teams, which would likely be delighted to have them around.   


https://ncwa.net/teams 


Here's a list of area colleges & universities which ought to have wrestling clubs / teams, even as we're not presently aware of any there.  Might you know of any wrestlers attending any of them or aspiring to do so?

**Houston Baptist University:
https://www.hbu.edu/student-life/campus-life/campus-recreation-fitness/club-sports/

https://www.facebook.com/HBU.Athletics

http://hbuhuskies.com/


**Houston Community College:
https://www.facebook.com/houstoncommunitycollege

Athletic dept:  http://www.hccs.edu/district/students/get-involved-on-campus/recsports/


**Lone Star College:
https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarCollege/

Athletic dept:   http://www.lonestar.edu/sportclub-conference.htm


**Prairie View A&M University:
sports clubs: http://www.pvamu.edu/sa/recsports/club-sports/


**Rice:
https://www.facebook.com/riceathletes


***Sam Houston State U:
https://www.facebook.com/samhoustonstate

https://shsu.collegiatelink.net/organization/SHSUwrestling


**San Jacinto College
http://www.sanjacsports.com

Recreational Sports:  http://www.sanjac.edu/rec-sports
https://www.facebook.com/sanjacrecsports/


**St. Thomas:

https://www.stthom.edu/Campus-Student-Life/Athletics-and-Recreational-Sports/Recreational-Sports/Start-a-New-Sport-Club.aqf

https://www.facebook.com/USTAthletics


**Texas Southern University:

http://campusrec.tsu.edu/rec-sports/club-sports/

https://www.facebook.com/tsurec



*Any others?




 
Did you know that 2 year / community colleges can reportedly become 4 year institutions here in Texas now?

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=SB2118
 
http://www.chron.com/local/education/campus-chronicles/article/Community-college-bill-passes-House-11162657.php


When will we see more college wrestling teams emerge in the Houston area and listed here?

https://ncwa.net/teams 

Again, NCWA team membership fees are apparently waived for the first year... 
« Last Edit: December 19, 2017, 03:23:34 AM by Seceder »

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Ready to recruit?   



There are plenty of Houston-area high schools with wrestling for both genders, as the following mostly complete interactive online map-list helps show:

http://www.batchgeo.com/map/?i=d89595a73d9552b4464b1e69e83cb677

Wrestling's strong in Houston's suburbs, but there are several high school teams in the inner-city as well (including):

***Heights H.S.  (previously "Reagan H.S." http://goheightsbulldogs.com/girls_wrestling

***Houston Kashmere H.S. 
http://www.theathleticsdepartment.com/schools/Houston-Kashmere/Girls-Wrestling/

***Houston Math & Science Tech:
http://www.houstonisd.org/Domain/35016

***Northside H.S.  (previously "Davis H.S.")
http://northsidepanthers.com/2015/11/23/2015-panther-invitational-wrestling-tournament/

***Waltrip H.S. 
http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/126002

***Wisdom H.S.  (previously "Lee H.S.")
http://www.houstonisd.org/wisdom

>>>Etcetera:

http://wrestlingtexas.com/2018/02/11/2018-uil-district-12-championships/

http://wrestlingtexas.com/2017/02/12/2017-uil-district-12-championships/

In the past, they have held their local post-season tourney at the Delmar Center in Houston:

http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/162804

That changed for the 2017-2018 season:

http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/68481

The district tournament for District 5 (including the abovementioned schools) was held at Foster H.S. on Feb. 9th & 10th, 2018:

http://www.lcisd.org/campuses/fosterhs/athletics/wrestling


By the way, when will nearby ***Booker T. Washington High School finally add wrestling?   These folks make the decisions there:

http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/72991

Anyway, for the most up-to-date, state-wide list of Texas high schools with wrestling (guys & girls):

http://www.uiltexas.org/wrestling

As for a list of middle school wrestling teams in Texas, here's a growing (preliminary) list:

http://wrestlingtexas.com/Forum/index.php?topic=646.0


  Recruiting opportunities abound.    Here's info. about the Feb. 2018 state tournament in Cypress (near Houston):

   http://www.uiltexas.org/wrestling/state

Location:  http://www.BerryCenter.net

Furthermore, here's info. about the upcoming regional tourneys:

http://www.uiltexas.org/wrestling/regional-sites

Additionally the privately-owned schools in Texas have plenty of aspiring college wrestlers:

http://wrestlingtexas.com/Forum/index.php?topic=495.0

No college weight classes left behind, right?   ;-)
« Last Edit: February 12, 2018, 03:28:12 PM by Seceder »

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Does the U. of H. have the potential to become the first NCAA D1 wrestling program in decades here in Texas?  Is it more likely to join the Big 10 or the Pac 12? 

 8) Both sponsor wrestling...

http://www.chron.com/sports/cougars/article/Big-12-opts-against-conference-expansion-at-this-9976688.php


The Pac 12 seems like an exciting potential destination for the Cougars and its possible NCAA D1 wrestling program.   Wrestling teams in the PAC 12 include:

Oregon St.
Cal. St. Bakersfield
Arizona St.
Stanford
Cal. Poly

Fresno St. recently reinstated its NCAA D1 program too, although they will reportedly be wrestling in the Big 12 conference...  The Big 12 is headed by a former wrestler and wrestling coach, by the way:

http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=1514842

Meanwhile, the PAC 12 needs more wrestling teams, and the overall Pac 12 conference needs a Texas member (like the S.E.C. did before Texas A&M joined).   

It sort of goes without saying that the Big 10 is a wrestling powerhouse:

  http://www.bigten.org/sports/m-wrestl/big10-m-wrestl-body.html


U. of Houston's current athletic conference appears to have NO wrestling members:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Athletic_Conference#Current_members

NCWA?
  Of course it would help if the U. of H. would fortify its new NCWA wrestling program.  Might you know of any wrestlers there or at any other college who wants to compete at the club level?   Please let us know here...   

    Plenty of schools have both NCAA and NCWA wrestling programs, by the way, including Virginia Tech. (a perennial Top 10 at the NCAAs) and Iowa State. 
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