Adam Maser, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations
HASTINGS – Hastings College Athletic Director B.J. Pumroy announced that Cara Romeike (Car-uh Rome-ike-uh) has been named head coach of the women’s wrestling team. The team, announced last fall, will begin competing in the 2020-21 academic year.
Romeike is currently head girls wrestling coach at Cyprus High School in South Jordan, Utah. She led her team to a 3rd place finish with one bracket champion and five place winners at the Utah Girls State Championship this season.
A Texas native, Romeike wrestled collegiately at the University of Jamestown, which like Hastings College is in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. At Jamestown she was a three-time captain, two-time conference champion and NAIA National Runner-Up in 2019 at 130 lbs.
“Coach Romeike has the enthusiasm, drive and leadership to build a successful program. She demonstrated this as a leader of her peers as a student athlete, and in her work in Utah,” Pumroy said. “We are thrilled she’s bringing the culture that both she and the campus expect from a new program.”
Romeike has already started recruiting students to apply to Hastings College and join the Broncos this fall. After completing the current school year, she will move to the area.
“I could not be more excited to start the women’s wrestling program at Hastings College,” Romeike said. “I am extremely passionate about the sport of wrestling, as well as promoting the sport to women across the country. Hastings College has a lot to offer academically and has a wonderful sense of community. I could not be more grateful to work for such a fine institution.”
Romeike was a Dean’s List student at the University of Jamestown and graduated with a biology degree. Beyond her high school coaching experience, she has served as a board member for USA Wrestling in Utah. She also has coached Team Utah and Team Texas in national women’s wrestling competitions.
In 2019 there were 20 schools who competed at the inaugural NAIA National Invitational Women’s Wrestling Championship held in Jamestown, including two from Nebraska. There are 63 colleges and universities nationwide who sponsor women’s wrestling.
The Nebraska State Wrestling Coaches Association sponsored the inaugural Girls State Tournament in York, Nebraska, earlier this month, and 181 high school girls competed in the tournament. In the 2018-19 school year, Nebraska had the 20th most high school girls wrestling participation in the country.