Arizona State wrestling boosters have raised enough money for the sport to be fully reinstated. In just 10 Days.
An announcement of the reinstatement is expected Friday afternoon by Lisa Love, ASU Vice President for Athletics.
Wrestling was one of three sports cut by ASU on May 13 to save $1.1 million annually in the athletic department operating budget. Others were men’s swimming and men’s tennis.
To be reinstated, Love said at the time, the sports needed to be fully endowed at a cost of $8 million for wrestling and $5 million each for the other sports.
Wrestling and swimming have mounted campaigns to save their sports with wrestling succeeding in less than two weeks.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce the reinstatement of the varsity sport of wrestling at ASU,” Love said. “The wrestling community, both locally and nationally, accepted this as a challenge to do something wonderful for the sport. ASU is forever grateful for that passion and unwavering support. Something special is happening on our campus thanks to civic leadership that cares deeply about ASU wrestling.”