As the father of a female high school I say most definitely there should be NCAA D1 Women's wrestling. It would help to grow the sport even faster. There are literally tens of thousands of girls who would immediately start wrestling at the middle school and high school levels just because High School coaches would no longer be able to deny HS girls the opportunity to wrestle. Just like anything else in life, there are people who want to deny people opportunity. And it is the HS coaches who want to have nothing to do with girls wrestling that are limiting more girls from wrestling.
There are good coaches out there who support girls wrestling. But for every 1 club/middle school/high school coach who supports girls wrestling... there are 10 coaches who won't or deny or bash or even forbid girls wrestling. That's wrong! They need to grow up! Yes, even the old timers - the well respected coaches - the state champions - the state chairmen.. GROW UP!
As a lifelong fan of wrestling - mostly American folkstyle wrestling - I do worry about how it will affect our D1 Men's programs. However, I worry about a lot of things that might have a negative affect on those programs. What I've come to realize is that there are more positive and potential positives to the men's programs then negatives. With a women's program there is a less likely chance to cut a men's program, there are opportunities for more coaches, there are more $$ for training facilities, there are more revenue opportunities (duals would include both a men's and women's dual, therefore bringing in more attendance).
Is the quality the same as men's wrestling? Who is to say.. it's different. All women's sports are different. Doesn't make it better or worst, just make's it different. That's what sports are about... every single sport has a difference in the men's and women's side. Are women's sport ever going to be as popular as men's sports - beside gymnastics, ice skating and maybe tennis, all women's generate less interest TODAY then their men's counterpart. But who is to say that will be the same TOMORROW?? The world is changing.
But the real piece of non-sense in some of the comments (besides the mud junk) above are about the efforts of training of the women wrestlers. If you haven't seen some of the top girls train, then you have never seen a top boy train. They train the same... and when you think about the physical differences.. especially how the amount of testosterone makes training, recovery and the ability to gain muscle and strength so much easier... the girls are actually working harder in a lot of cases. A boy can learn to do 10 pushups after 4-5 sessions of pushups in a week, maybe 2.. it might take a girl 40-50 sessions over 3-4 months to do that.. think about that. The only thing a girl might have over a boy naturally is flexibility.
So yes.. even after having all kinds of fear watching my daughter chose the hardest sport on earth.. get beat up by all kinds of boys.. I've come to enjoy a different type of wrestling... from a different kind of athlete.. Folkstyle is different then freestyle which is different then Greco-Roman which is different then Beach wrestling which is different then Sumo wrestling which is different then Women's wrestling. Appreciate all that this sport has to offer.