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Air Force Athletics | July 29, 2015

Six programs to join Big 12 Conference

Air Force wrestling has agreed to join the Big 12 Conference as an affiliate member beginning with the 2015-16 season, announced today in conjunction with the conference office. The Falcons are part of six wrestling programs, all formerly comprised of the Western Wrestling Conference, that have agreed to become a part of the Big 12.

Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming will join Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia in future Big 12 Wrestling Championships.

Affiliate members will compete for the Conference’s postseason championship and the league’s automatic qualification to NCAA postseason competition. The 10-team Big 12 Championship will shift to a neutral site and expand to a two-day event with the 2016 championship set for March 5-6, at Sprint Center in Kansas City.

“We are excited to announce the addition of affiliate members in sports where the league already maintains a strong competition level,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “The additional institutions will improve and strengthen what are already strong postseason events for the Big 12. We are looking forward to welcoming coaches, student-athletes and fans from each of the affiliate institutions to future Big 12 Wrestling Championships.”

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