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USAW sets five membership records

USA Wrestling, the national governing body for amateur wrestling in the United States, has set records in five major membership categories during the 2011-12 year. The 2011-12 membership year, which ended on August 31, 2012, set annual records for athletes, coaches, clubs, and sanc- tioned events, in addition to female athlete members. During the 2011-2012 year, USA Wrestling registered 166,226 athlete members, topping the previous mark of 156,559 set dur- ing the 2010-11 year.

The new record for coach members was set with 24,020 coaches, breaking the record of 22,684 coaches registered in the 2007-2008 membership year. For the eighth consecutive year, USA Wrestling chartered clubs reached a new level, climbing to 4,070 clubs. The previ- ous high was 3,846 clubs, which was set in the previous mem- bership year.

Sanctioned events rose to a record 2,023 in 2011-12, an increase from the 1,954 events which were sanctioned last year. Female athlete membership reached an all-time high in 2011- 12 with 4,724 registered, up from the previous record of 4,226 set in 2010-11.

The membership records were possible through the combined team effort of USA Wrestling's volunteer leaders on the regional, state and local levels along with the national staff, which provid- ed the most comprehensive program of wrestling activities in the nation.

USA Wrestling also saw an increase of officials members, up to 2,663 officials which beat the previous year membership of 2,363.

Seven state associations showed increases in all five of the major membership categories: total athletes, coaches, clubs, sanctions and officials: Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Special mention goes to Utah, which saw its athlete member

total more than double from the previous year. States with an increase in athlete members included: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. States with an increase in coach members included: Alabama,

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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