Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Has, Had, Never - NCAA Division II Wrestling

 As I did for NCAA Division I wrestling, this is a list of NCAA Division II institutions that currently have wrestling, those that had wrestling but no longer do & those that never had a varsity/official wrestling. 

***NOTE*** - Of the schools that HAD wrestling, they may not have been DII at the time. Some may have been DI or NAIA, but they would be (most likely) DII today. 

***NOTE*** - Some DII institutions have DI wrestling.  These include Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro & Lock Haven 

***NOTE*** - Schools that are looking to transition into DII from another division next season will be included in this list. 

Academy of Art (California) = NEVER
Adams State (Colorado) = HAS
Adelphi (New York) = HAD
Alabama Huntsville = NEVER
Alaska Ancorage = NEVER
Alaska Fairbanks = NEVER
Albany State (New York) = NEVER (Don't confuse with DIII Albany) 
Alderson Broaddus (West Virginia) = HAS
American International (Massachusetts) = HAS
Anderson (South Carolina) = HAD
Angelo State (Texas) = NEVER
Arkansas Tech = NEVER
Arkansas Fort Smith = NEVER
Arkansas Monticello = NEVER
Ashland (Ohio) = HAS
Assumption (Massachusetts) = NEVER
Auburn Montgomery (Alabama) = NEVER
Augusta (Georgia) = NEVER
Augustana (South Dakota) = HAS
Azusa Pacific (California) = HAD
Barry (Florida) = NEVER
Barton (North Carolina) = NEVER
Belmont Abbey (North Carolina) = HAS
Bemidji State (Minnesota) = HAD
Benedict (South Carolina) = NEVER
Bentley (Massachusetts) = NEVER
Biola (California) = HAD
Black Hills State (South Dakota) = HAD
Bloomfield (New Jersey) = NEVER
Bluefield State (West Virginia) = HAS
Bowie State (Maryland) = NEVER
Bridgeport (Connecticut) = HAD
Caldwell (New Jersey) = NEVER
California Pennsylvania = HAD
Humboldt State (California) = HAD
Cal Poly Pomona = HAD
Chico State = HAD
Cal State Dominguez Hills = NEVER
Cal State East Bay = HAD
Cal State Los Angeles = HAD
Cal State Monterey Bay = NEVER
Cal State San Bernardino = HAD
Cal State San Marcos = NEVER
Cal State Stanislaus = HAD
Cameron (Oklahoma) = NEVER
Carson Newman (Tennessee) = HAD
Catawba (North Carolina) = HAD
Cedarville (Ohio) = HAD
Central Missouri = HAS
Central Oklahoma = HAS
Central State (Ohio) = HAD
Central Washington = HAD
Chadron State (Nebraska) = HAS
Chaminade Honolulu (Hawaii) = NEVER
Charleston (West Virginia) = HAD
Chestnut Hill (Pennsylvania) = NEVER
Chowan (North Carolina) = HAD
Christian Brothers (Tennessee) = NEVER
Claflin (South Carolina) = NEVER
Clark Atlanta (Georgia) = NEVER
Clayton State (Georgia) = NEVER 
Coker (South Carolina) = HAS
Colorado Christian = NEVER
Colorado Mesa = HAS
Colorado Mines = HAS
Colorado State Pueblo = HAS
Colorado Colorado Springs = NEVER 
Columbus State (Georgia) = NEVER
Concord (West Virginia) = HAD
Concordia Irvine (California) = NEVER
Concordia St Paul (Minnesota) = NEVER
Converse (South Carolina) = NEVER
Daemen (New York) = NEVER
Dallas Baptist (Texas) = NEVER
Davenport (Michigan) = HAS
Davis & Elkins (West Virginia) = HAS
Delta State (Mississippi) = NEVER
Dominican California = NEVER
Dominican New York = NEVER
Drury (Missouri) = HAS
East Central (Oklahoma) = HAD
East Stroudsburg (Pennsylvania) = HAS
East New Mexico = NEVER
Eckerd (Florida) = NEVER
Elizabeth City State (North Carolina) = HAD
Embry Riddle (Florida) = NEVER
Emmanuel (Georgia) = HAS
Emporia State (Kansas)  = HAD
Eskrine (South Carolina) = NEVER
Fairmont State (West Virginia) = HAS
Fayetteville State (North Carolina) = NEVER
Felician (New Jersey) = NEVER
Ferris State (Michigan) = HAD
Findaly (Ohio)  = HAS
Flagler (Florida) = NEVER
Florida Southern = NEVER
Florida Tech = HAD
Fort Hays State (Kansas) = HAS
Fort Lewis (Colorado) = HAD
Fort Valley State (Georgia) = NEVER
Francis Marion (South Carolina) = NEVER
Franklin Pierce (New Hampshire) = NEVER
Fresno Pacific (California) = NEVER
Gannon (Pennsylvania) = HAS
Georgia College & State = NEVER 
Georgia Southwestern State = NOT SURE
Georgian Court (New Jersey) = NEVER
Glenville State (West Virginia) = HAS
Goldey-Beacom (Delaware) = NEVER
Grand Valley State (Michigan) = HAS
Harding (Arkansas) = NEVER
Hawaii Pacific = NEVER
Hawaii Hilo = NEVER
Henderson State (Arkansas) = NEVER
Hillsdale (Michigan) = HAD
Holy Family (Pennsylvania) = NEVER
Holy Names (California) = NEVER
Illinois-Springfield = HAD
Indiana of Pennsylvania = HAD
Indianapolis = HAS
Thomas Jefferson (Pennsylvania) = NEVER
Johnson C Smith (North Carolina) = NEVER
Kentucky State = NEVER
Kentucky Wesleyan = HAS
King (Tennessee) = HAS
Kutztown (Pennsylvania) = HAS
Lake Erie (Ohio) = HAS
Lake Superior State (Michigan) = HAD
Lander (South Carolina) = HAS
Lane (Tennessee) = NEVER
Le Moyne (New York) = NEVER
Lee (Tennessee) = NEVER
Lee's MaRae (North Carolina) = NEVER
LeMoyne Owen (Tennessee) = NEVER 
Lenoir-Rhyne (North Carolina) = NEVER
Lewis (Illinois) = HAD
Limestone (South Carolina) = HAS
Lincoln (Missouri) = HAD (whole school is shutting down) 
Lincoln (Pennsylvania) = HAD
Lincoln Memorial (Tennessee) = HAS
Livingstone (North Carolina) = HAD
Lubbock Christian (Texas) = NEVER
Lynn (Florida) = NEVER
Malone (Ohio) = HAD
Mansfield (Pennsylvania) = HAD
Mars Hill (North Carolina) = NEVER
Mary (North Dakota) = HAS
Maryville (Missouri) = HAS
McKendree (Illinois) = HAS
Mercy (New York) = NEVER
Mercyhurst (Pennsylvania) = HAS
Metropolitan State Denver = NEVER
Michigan Tech = HAS
Midwestern State (Texas) = NEVER
Miles (Alabama) = NEVER
Millersville (Pennsylvania) = HAS
Minnesota State Mankato = HAS
Minnesota State Moorhead = HAS
Minnesota Crookston = NEVER
Minnesota Duluth = HAD
Minot State (North Dakota State) = HAS
Mississippi College = NEVER
Missouri Tech = NEVER
Missouri Southern State = NEVER
Missouri Western State = NEVER
Missouri St. Louis = HAD
Molly State (New York) = NEVER
Montana State Billings = HAD
Montevallo (Alabama) = NEVER
Morehouse (Georgia) = NEVER
Mount Olive (North Carolina) = HAS
Nebraska Kearney = HAS
New Haven (Connecticut) = NEVER
New Mexico Highlands = HAS
Newberry (South Carolina) = HAS
Newman (Kansas) = HAS
North Carolina Pembroke = HAS
North Georgia = NEVER
North Greenville (South Carolina) = NEVER
Northeastern State (Oklahoma) = HAD
Northern Michigan = HAD
Northern State (South Dakota) = HAS
Northwest Missouri State = HAD
Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) = HAD
Northwestern Oklahoma State = NEVER
Northwood (Michigan) = NEVER
Notre Dame (Ohio) = HAS
Nova Southeastern (Florida) = NEVER 
Nyack (New York) = NEVER
Ohio Dominican = NEVER
Oklahoma Baptist = NEVER
Oklahoma Christian = NEVER
Ouachita Baptist (Arkansas) = HAS
Pace (New York) = NEVER
Palm Beach Atlantic = NEVER
Wisconsin Parkside = HAS
Pittsburg State = NEVER
Pittsburg Johnstown = HAS
Point Loma Nazarene (California) = NEVER
Post (Connecticut) = NEVER
Puerto Rico Bayamon = Not Sure 
Puerto Rico Mayaguez = Not Sure 
Puerto Rico Piedras = Not Sure  
Purdue Northwest = NEVER
Queens (North Carolina) = HAS
Queens (New York) = NEVER
Quincy (Illinois) = HAS
Regis (Colorado) = NEVER
Roberts Wesleyan (New York) = NEVER
Rockhurst (Missouri) = NEVER
Rogers State (Oklahoma) = NEVER
Rollins (Florida) = NEVER
Saginaw Valley State (Michigan) = HAD
Saint Anslem (New Hampshire) = NEVER
Saint Augustine's (North Carolina) = NEVER
St Cloud State (Minnesota) = HAS
St Edward's (Texas) = NEVER
Saint Leo (Florida) = NEVER
Saint Martin's (Washington) = NEVER
St Mary's (Texas) = NEVER
St. Michael's (Vermont) = NEVER
Saint Rose (New York) = NEVER
St Thomas Aquinas (New York) = NEVER
Salem (West Virginia) = NEVER
San Francisco State = HAS
Savanna State (Georgia) = NEVER
U of Sciences (Pennsylvania) = NEVER
Seattle Pacific (Washington) = HAD
Seton Hill (Pennsylvania) = HAS
Shaw (North Carolina) = NEVER
Shepherd (West Virginia) = NEVER
Shippensburg (Pennsylvania) = HAS
Shorter (Georgia) = HAD
Simon Fraser (Canada) = HAS
Slippery Rock (Pennsylvania) = HAD
Sonoma State (California) = HAD
South Carolina Aiken = NEVER
South Dakota Mines = HAD
Southeastern Oklahoma State = NEVER
Southern Arkansas = NEVER
Southern Connecticut State = HAD
Southern Indiana = NEVER
Southern Nazarene (Oklahoma) = NEVER
Southern New Hampshire = NEVER
Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) = NEVER
Southwest Baptist (Missouri) = NEVER
Southwest Minnesota State = HAS
Southwestern Oklahoma State = NOT SURE
Spring Hill (Alabama) = NEVER
Stone Hill (Massachusetts) = NEVER 
Tampa = HAD
Texas A&M Kingsville = NEVER
Texas A&M International = NEVER
Texas Permian Basin = NEVER
Texas Tyler = NEVER 
Tiffin (Ohio) = HAS
Trevecca Nazarene (Tennessee) = NEVER
Truman State (Missouri) = HAD
Tusculum (Tennessee) = NEVER
Tuskegee (Alabama) = NEVER
Union (Tennessee) = NEVER
Upper Iowa = HAS
Ursuline (Ohio) = NEVER
Valdosta State (Georgia) = NEVER
Virginia State = HAD
Virginia Union = NEVER
Virginia Wise = NEVER
Walsh (Ohio) = NEVER
Washburn (Kansas) = NEVER
Wayne State (Nebraska) = HAD
Wayne State (Michigan) = HAD
West Alabama = NEVER
West Chester (Pennsylvania) = HAD
West Florida = NEVER
West Georgia = NEVER
West Liberty (West Virginia = HAS
West Texas A&M = NOT SURE 
West Virginia State = NEVER
West Virginia Wesleyan = NEVER
Western Colorado = HAS
Western New Mexico = NEVER
Western Oregon = HAD
Western Washington = HAD
Westminster (Utah) = HAD
Wheeling Jesuit (West Virginia) = HAS
William Jewell (Missouri) = HAS
Wilmington (Delaware) = NEVER
Wingate (North Carolina) = NEVER
Winona State (Minnesota) = HAD
Winston-Salem (North Carolina) = HAD
Young Harris (Georgia) = NEVER
Allen (South Carolina) = HAS
D'Youville (New York) = NEVER
Edward Waters (Florida) = NEVER
Emory & Henry (Virginia) = NEVER
Frostburg State (Maryland) = HAD
Staten Island (New York) = NEVER
South Carolina Beaufort = NEVER
Thomas More (Kentucky) = HAS

Of the NOT SURES...

I've found in various wrestling tournament results in the south throughout the years a "Southwestern."  Now what I don't know is if this referred to Southwestern Oklahoma State, Georgia Southwestern or the Southwestern in Texas. I highly doubt that it referred to the Southwestern in Chula Vista, California (Which by the way, for sure DID have wrestling).  So that still remains a mystery 

One of the Puerto Rico schools DID have wrestling at one time, I'm just not sure which one. I've seen them in a few dual results, but have no idea which campus sponsored the sport out of the three. 

As to West Texas A&M?  Well, I heard in an interview with Dory Funk Jr that his father Dory Funk Sr started a wrestling program here, but I've never heard or seen anything other than that about it. I know that Dory Funk Sr was very instrumental in getting high school wrestling into the private schools in Texas. I had Devin Nicholson ask Terry Funk about it once & Terry responded that his Dad has something to do with wrestling at West Texas A&M. I once asked Jerry Briscoe about it too & he wasn't for sure. So I think they had something at West Texas A&M but I'm not sure what it was. Intramural? Club? Or was it actually varsity? The mystery remains. 

Not sure - 6 

Has - 70 (I'm still counting Wheeling Jesuit, because wrestling is still listed as a varsity sport on their website)

Had - 69

Never - 162


  1. Replies
    1. You are correct. I was probably thinking Indiana when I put HAD. My mistake, it is corrected.