All-American Wrestler Laments State of Sport in Wake of Title IX

Cordel Andersen was one heck of a high school and college wrestler. At Preston High School in Utah, he was named a Prep All-American by Wrestling USA Magazine before going on to become a two-time All-American wrestler at Utah State — a school where the sport has since be eliminated.

Recently Andersen was inducted into the Utah Wrestling Hall of Fame — congratulations — and he sat down for an interview with his hometown newspaper. The following excerpt caught my eye:

HJ: How frustrating is it to only see one collegiate wrestling program in Utah?

Andersen: It was certainly a big disappointment when Utah State dropped their program. Unfortunately, you could see that coming with the various programs across the country — and I don’t know, nobody really comes out specifically and says it, but I would have to guess it’s probably Title IX — so it’s disappointing to see that. But certainly it’s great to see Utah Valley bring it back, and it looks like they’re doing pretty well. … It’s certainly a great sport and I wish there were more programs here in the state, but that’s the way it is. I don’t know what else you can do about it.

Actually, there is something you can do about it. How about joining forces with the College Sports Council in the fight to reform Title IX enforcement in collegiate athletics? Click here to join the CSC.

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