Cleveland State University has made plenty of fans and student-athletes happy, with news that the Vikings will be reinstating and refunding their wrestling program moving forward.
The report comes from Cleveland.com.
“I can’t overstate how excited we are,” junior co-captain Riley Shaw told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This obviously was pretty stressful. Me and my teammates, there was a lot of, ‘What are we going to do?’ This weight has been lifted off a lot of guys’ shoulders.”
In order to ensure the Cleveland State wrestling program will be funded, student fees will be raised approximately $15 per semester.
The fee was something students approved of.
“The key thing is we, as an administration, listened to the students, and we figured out a way to do it without a major (fee) increase to the students,” CSU chief marketing officer Rob Spademan said. “This started with us adding lacrosse with lots of good reasons, but not wanting to raise fees.”
The joy of learning about the wrestling team returning was felt by many members of the team.
“This is awesome,” freshman Nick DeRosa said. “I was thinking about my options and now I’m glad I don’t have to. I’m here, and I’m here to stay.”
In addition to the return of the Colorado State wrestling program, the Vikings plan to introduce a lacrosse team in 2016.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Cleveland State University Athletic Department