Jamestown College athletic director Lawrie Paulson anticipated some would have a skewed view of his school’s first-year women’s wrestling program.
“I think for a lot of people who heard ‘women’s wrestling,’ they thought we were going to have a place with mud or Jell-O in there,” he said.
Paulson, a 1977 Jamestown College graduate, recalls his college days in the early Title IX years as a time when such women’s sports as basketball and volleyball were viewed with similar cynicism.
“This is never going to go; this is never going to go,” Paulson said in reference to what skeptics thought of those sports at that time.
Any doubts Paulson had about his school’s newest female athletic offering were answered swiftly.