Our mission is to grow women's wrestling. We will primarily do this by raising awareness for the sport through assisting elite female athletes with registration and travel for training and national and international competitions. Several young women locally have demonstrated success in national competitions. These athletes need your support to become future world and olympic champions. We welcome all ages and levels of participation from the beginner to the international competitor..
Records on female wrestlers in Iowa are hard-to-find. Below is a list of athletes from Iowa who have achieved All-American status, wrestler of the year, wrestled collegiately or distinguished themselves in some other way. We hope to continue to fill this in.
Female Elite Wrestling (FEW) was founded by George and Charlotte Bailey in 2012 and is a sanctioned USA Wrestling club. FEW is also incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Iowa and also the IRS. FEW provides a unique girls-only training environment where athletes can learn and have fun.
Charlotte leads FEW's outreach to families. She has focused her coaching efforts on female wrestling for the last 10 years after previously coaching youth wrestlers and gymnasts. Charlotte also serves as the women's director for Iowa/USA Wrestling. She has a background in strength/conditioning and martial arts (Taekwondo and Judo). Charlotte works full-time as a Physical Therapist.
George has been coaching developmental wrestlers for over 15 years. He has coached several national champions and all-american wrestlers including co-coaching the 2011 Cadet Women's Pan Am team. George's day job is as a data manager/programmer. In addition to being a coach, George handles FEW's administrative and online duties. He is also recognized as FEW's tireless transportation manager.
All of FEW's coaches are certified through USA Wrestling. FEW strives to mentor current and former collegiate female wrestlers into coaching.
Coach Watson serves as FEW's lead coach for our practices at the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo. He has been wrestling since he was seven years old and is a former All-American and state placer. Coach Watson was recruited to University of Iowa, where he red-shirted and then transferred to and wrestled for Cal-State Bakersfield. After moving back to Iowa, he began coaching in Waterloo and in 2014 working with FEW.
Coach Bailey wrestled occasionally in grade school. In 6th and 7th grade, she became a national champion Judo player. She joined the junior high wrestling team and had a lot of success. In high school she decided to drop judo and focus solely on wrestling. Coach Bailey is an 11x USAW All-American and 2-time Junior Folkstyle National Champ. She currently wrestles for McKendree University.
Coach Black began wrestling in grade school so her brother had a partner. She is the first female ever to place at the Iowa High School State Tournament. Coach Black is a 4x USAW All-American, Junior Freestyle National Champion and a Junior Pan Am Gold Medalist. She also currently wrestles for McKendree University.