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Eastern Wrestling League

Eastern Wrestling League
Eastern Wrestling League logo
Established 1975
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members 7
Sports fielded Men's wrestling
Region Northeastern United States

The Eastern Wrestling League is an NCAA Division I wrestling-only conference. It is made up mostly of schools from the northeastern United States whose primary conferences do not sponsor wrestling as an NCAA-qualifying event. The teams have traditionally rotated as hosts of the qualifying tournament.

The league's inaugural season was in 1976 (during the 1975-76 academic year) and had a charter group led by Penn State, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) schools in Bloomsburg, Clarion and Lock Haven. After 1977, Buffalo left the league, but West Virginia and Cleveland State were added, growing the league to seven teams. In 1988-89, the PSAC's Edinboro joined to form an eight-team league.

After the 1991-92 season, Penn State left the league when the university joined the Big Ten Conference, which holds its own NCAA Division I Championships qualifying tournament. In 1998-99, Virginia Tech joined the league, but the Hokies left following the 2003-04 season and joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) after receiving an invitation to join for all sports. West Virginia left the EWL when it became an all-sports member of the Big 12 Conference in July 2012[1][2] and Pittsburgh moved to the ACC in July 2013.

In 2013, the league announced that the end of CAA sponsorship of wrestling in 2013. Four of the other EWL schools are normally members of the Division II PSAC. Cleveland State, which has announced it will drop wrestling at the end of the 2015–16 school year, is a member of the non-wrestling Horizon League.[3]


  • Schools 1
    • Current 1.1
    • Former schools 1.2
  • Membership timeline 2
  • Team dual meet champions 3
  • Team tournament champions 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6



Former schools

Membership timeline

Team dual meet champions

EWL Team Dual Meet Champions[4]

Team tournament champions

EWL Team Tournament Champions[4]


  1. ^
  2. ^ West Virginia settles lawsuit with Big East; will join Big 12 in July
  3. ^ "Cleveland State University to Add Men's Lacrosse Program" (Press release). Cleveland State University. March 30, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Allen; Closson, Bruce. "Eastern Wrestling League Archive". Eastern Wrestling League. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 

External links

  • Official website
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