JERSEY CITY, N.J. (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | The debut of the inaugural season of the trailblazing New Jersey City University women's wrestling program has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Gothic Knights, under the direction of former World Champion and two-time United States Olympian Elena Pirozhkova is gearing up for an abbreviated yet historical 2020-21 season. On January 14, writer Melanie Anzidei profiled the pioneering program — the first and only collegiate women's wrestling program in the history of the state of New Jersey and the first ever in the tri-state area — in NorthJersey.com and nationally in the USA Today/Gannett network of papers.
To read the article, entitled "'I love being a part of history:' NJ's first women's college wrestling team hits the mat," click here.
The story profiles Pirozhkova's development of the program, how it has overcome the limitations of the COVID pandemic, and how special the program is for its pioneering athletes, including local products Sandra Guerrero (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) and Johnae Drumright (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Central), who are each interviewed. The team is preparing for its limited competition, which will include the NCAA national qualifiers on February 20 and the NWCA/NCAA National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships on March 5-6 — both at Adrian University in Adrian, Michigan.
Ira Thor, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | firstname.lastname@example.org | 201-200-3301