Summarized by Eric Bunker
BYU Coach Pins His Hopes On Dual Meet
Salt Lake Tribune 3Dec99 S3
By Michael C. Lewis
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: BYU Administration officials announced earlier this
year that it would eliminate men's wrestling in an effort to comply with
Federal Title IX guidelines that mandate equal athletic opportunities for
men and women.
In a last ditch effort to prove its popularity and save the Brigham Young
wrestling program from extinction, the Cougars have scheduled a dual meet
set for 7 p.m. Saturday December 4, in the Delta Center against the most
legendary of college wrestling programs, the #2 nationally ranked Iowa
BYU Coach Mark Schultz knows his team by all accounts is doomed to lose the
match. The Hawkeyes come with a lineup stacked with perhaps three times as
many All-Americans as the Cougars.
Winning the match is not the point, however. Schultz and his supporters are
shooting to set an attendance record to show BYU Administration that
wrestling is economically too valuable a sport to be cut in the name of
Former athletic director Rondo Fehlberg, also an ex-Cougar wrestler,
arranged for a private donation to pay the $80,000 rental fee for the Delta
Center. Schultz believes the match can attract a sellout crowd of 19,911 to
break the record of about 17,000.
If they can get the crowd, the team will have some impressive credentials in
their battle to keep the sport going at BYU. They have formed the Utah
Amateur Wrestling Foundation to help raise money and hope to eventually work
out a deal with the school to keep the sport from getting the Title IX ax.