Can wrestling come back at Drake?


Can wrestling come back at Drake?

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Nothing real in-depth in the link above, but raises the question of wrestling returning to Drake.
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I don't see Drake keeping football much longer. Drake needs to add some more sports and wrestling would be a good sport to add. Adding more sports could help build enrollment.
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tdawg62 - 9/5/2018
I don't see Drake keeping football much longer. Drake needs to add some more sports and wrestling would be a good sport to add. Adding more sports could help build enrollment.

I don't think football is going anywhere. It brings ~ 100 male students to Drake who otherwise would not be there.  With Drake's enrollment decline recently, they couldn't afford that.

Right now, most schools are dropping sports....very few are adding them.  Almost every sport (other than big time football and basketball) is a money loser.  I'm all for Drake adding more sports, but only if they can handle it financially.
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Considering how much this state supports wrestling, I think it’s not a bad idea to give it a try.

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UrbyJT - 9/5/2018
Considering how much this state supports wrestling, I think it’s not a bad idea to give it a try.

I agree.  I also think it would be a relatively "cheap" sport to add.  Maybe they can add women's wrestling, too, if there is such a thing.  I know they have to balance every men's sport with a women's sport.
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Considering how much this state supports wrestling, I think it’s not a bad idea to give it a try.

I agree.  I also think it would be a relatively "cheap" sport to add.  Maybe they can add women's wrestling, too, if there is such a thing.  I know they have to balance every men's sport with a women's sport.

Or could add women's lacrosse.

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Good idea. I was trying to think of other women’s sports.

I wonder if any of Drake’s fuels are suitable for lacrosse....I have no idea of the dimensions of a lacrosse field.
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I was thinking the same about the cost, DUB.

I assume a football field would work for lacrosse.

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I wonder if gymnastics would be on the table to compensate. Another sport that has done well in this state.

Would they need a sport to compensate? Right now it’s 9 women’s sports and 7 men’s sports. Granted I’m sure it goes by number of students, not number of sports and football probably balances it out.

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NCAA lacrosse field dimensions:

1. The playing area shall be rectangular and marked with a solid lined boundary. Optimal field dimensions shall be 60 meters (65 yards) in width and 110 meters (120 yards) in total length, with goals 92 meters (100 yards) apart. Where optimal field dimensions cannot be met due to field-space limitations, the field must be between 101 and 110 meters (110 to 120 yards) from end line to end line and between 55 and 64 meters (60 to 70 yards) from sideline to sideline. The goals shall be placed not more than 92 meters (100 yards) and not less than 82 meters (90 yards) apart, measured from goal line to goal line. There must be 9 meters (10 yards) of space behind each goal line,extending to the end line and running the width of the field. There must be a minimum of 4 meters (4.4 yards) of space between the sideline boundary and the scorer’s/timer's table. There should be at least 4 meters (4.4 yards) of space between the other sideline and any spectator area. There should be 2 meters(6'6") of space beyond each end line


I don't know if the stadium is wide enough. Maybe just barely with the smaller width.

I've been in favor of lacrosse for a while though. Growing sport. Still predominately played by upper middle class kids. Not fully funded (12.6 scholarships for men, 12.0 for women with average squad sizes of 30–45 so you can boost enrollment with the types of students Drake likely wants. 
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Girls lacrosse is becoming more and more popular with Missouri high schools as there are over 60 schools with girls lacrosse.  More are being added each year.

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Why?

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UrbyJT - 9/5/2018
I wonder if gymnastics would be on the table to compensate. Another sport that has done well in this state. Would they need a sport to compensate? Right now it’s 9 women’s sports and 7 men’s sports. Granted I’m sure it goes by number of students, not number of sports and football probably balances it out.

NCAA rules requires you have to offer two more women's sports than men's sports.

A lacrosse field easily fits on a football field so outside of having multiple line sets it should be fine from that perspective.
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Is there a cost effective way to add lacrosse lines to Drake stadium or would they have to get a whole new field?



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