WICHITA, Kan. (Dec. 21, 2023) — In less than three months, NCAA Division II wrestling action is coming to Wichita, Kansas. Newman University and Visit Wichita will host the 2024 NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships, which will take place, March 15-16, at Hartman Arena. This is the first time Wichita will play host to this competition.
“We are very excited to bring Division II Championships to the Wichita community, not only for Newman University but for the MIAA conference, one of the premiere conferences in the country,” said Joanna Pryor, athletic director of Newman University. “This opportunity will showcase our DII student-athletes in a city that is known for its love of sports and athletic excellence.”
"Visit Wichita is not only excited to provide a fantastic welcome to athletes and their supporters from across the country, but we are also proud to bring an event of this magnitude that local fans can enjoy as well,” said Josh Howell, vice president of sports development for Visit Wichita. “Hosting this event for the first time is an honor and reaffirms Wichita is a great place to compete, visit and explore.”
In 2020, Wichita was selected from a highly competitive group of qualified cities. Collaboration between the partners who submitted the bid and programs at Newman University helped position Wichita well, showing Wichita had the necessary facilities and a supportive community to successfully host the event.
Ben Bolander, Hartman Arena executive director said, “Hartman Arena has a solid track record of hosting wrestling championships in the region. We look forward to hosting these schools and athletes when they compete here in 2024.”
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About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area and advocates for the city as a destination, increasing travel and tourism as a key economic driver for the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by President and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2022 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.5 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.