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Olivet College to eliminate wrestling program
Jun 23, 2004

OLIVET, Michigan – Olivet College will eliminate its intercollegiate wrestling program, effective at the end of the 2004-05 season. The colleges Board of Trustees made the decision recently following an intensive review of its athletic programs.

Olivet, which competes in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) at the NCAA Division III level, established its wrestling program at the beginning of the 1964-65 season. The MIAA sponsored wrestling as a championship sport from 1968-69 to 1983-84. Since all the other MIAA schools eliminated their wrestling programs in the mid-1980s, Olivet had been forced to compete against schools outside of Michigan for the last 20 years, which put a constant strain on the athletic departments travel budget and the amount of time student-athletes had to spend away from the classroom.

“Olivet is committed to strengthening its co-curricular offerings and improving its competitiveness and standing in the MIAA ranks,” said Olivet President Don Tuski. “The fact that wrestling is not an MIAA sport created a variety of logistical problems for the college and we can no longer provide the level of resources necessary to sustain a quality program. This is a very difficult decision to make, but it is one I feel is best for Olivet College.

“Through the years, Olivet wrestlers established a great tradition and made us very proud,” said Tuski. “I value our student-athletes and appreciate their hard work and achievements. Their commitment, as well as the commitment from our wrestling alumni, will not be forgotten.”

Olivet has an enrollment of a 1,000 students and maintains 17 MIAA-sponsored varsity athletic programs – nine for women and eight for men. The womens programs include: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The mens programs include: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, and track and field.


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