Wrestling first began as an intercollegiate sport at Centre College in the 1968-69 season under coaches Briscoe Inman and Steele Harmon. A team had actually practiced the previous year on a non-intercollegiate basis, participated in three scrimmage matches, and sent four wrestlers to the College Athletic Conference meet. The team practiced and held matches in a space in the basement of Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, with a capacity for 125 spectators. Few students had ever seen a wrestling match before, and an article in the student Cento about the inaugural 1968-69 season found it necessary to explain the basic rules of scoring. The sport never gained in popularity, and in a state where wrestling wasn’t a major high school sport, the team suffered with small numbers of participants. By 1975 there were requests to upgrade soccer from a club to an intercollegiate sport. At a time when the college found it necessary to maintain a no-growth athletic budget, there was not enough money to fund both. Prior to the 1975-76 year, Centre decided to drop wrestling in favor of soccer, a sport that was gaining in popularity in Kentucky high schools. During its short history, the wrestling team won 32 matches, lost 42, and tied 2.
“Wrestling,” Centre College Digital Archives, accessed September 27, 2022, https://centre.omeka.net/items/show/1345.