Founded and incorporated in March of 1989, the Edmonton Wrestling Club began with five wrestlers and a group of supportive parents.
The initial five athletes moved on to high school and the club began to grow, pulling in wrestlers from many other schools that lacked wrestling programs. Wrestlers at school where there were programs were also encouraged to join, with the understanding that they had to meet the eligibility requirements of their school team first.
In the fall of 1991, the EWC began practicing at the University of Alberta and opened wrestling to both males and females. EWC became the first organized club in Canada to have a competing team of female wrestlers.
In 1993, the first female Canadian Championship (Cadet 13-16) was won by EWC in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. EWC went on to win five national women’s team championships. Helping coach the wrestlers to their victories was EWC senior wrestler Christine Nordhagen. She has won six World Championships.