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University of Ottawa wins shoes from Yes! Athletics

As the official NAIA women’s wrestling shoe, OU head coach won shoes
for the team through a draw at the NWCA convention in August.

OTTAWA, Kan. – Yes! Athletics, the official women’s wrestling shoe of the NAIA, has awarded the uOttawa women’s wrestling team with wrestling shoes for the 2022-23 season.

The OU women’s wrestling program began in 2014 and was one of the first women’s wrestling programs in the NAIA. Dalton-Weidl took over as head coach of the program in 2021 and made the women’s program a trailblazer for the women of tomorrow. They currently have 30 women on their active roster for the 2022-23 season and last year had several nationally ranked individuals in NAIA polls. The team will continue to build and raise awareness in the 2022-23 campaign.

“Last year we had almost 20 women on our team and most of them were freshman college student-athletes, so we really focused on instilling the culture that we want our program is known. have bought into the process, held each other accountable to high standards and made sure to do even the smallest of things well.” said Weidl “Having those expectations known really helped attract this year’s class of athletes because they were welcomed into this culture and knew right away what was expected. We have an incredibly young team here and we have can’t wait to see what this group does on and off the mat.”
Yes! Athletics was founded by Deb North, a Kansas City entrepreneur and single mother of three daughters, in 2019 when North’s daughter started wrestling and she found there were no shoe options. of wrestling specially designed for girls. Yes! Athletics empowers young female athletes by filling the sporting goods gap for girls in sport.

North was a vendor at the National Wrestling Coaches Association convention in August and she invited attendees to enter to win free shoes for their team.

“We had an overall winner (Grey’s Harbor College in Aberdeen, Wash), and I wanted to make sure I was supporting an NAIA school. I was so excited that Ottawa won. They were a pioneer in women’s wrestling and are just down the road from us,” said North

In April 2022, the NAIA announced that women’s wrestling was officially a championship sport. The national championships will take place March 10 and 11 in Jamestown, North Dakota



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