Wrestling Facts

SCHOLASTIC WRESTLING (DATA PROVIDED BY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FEDERATION OF ASSOCIATIONS) 

  • Scholastic wrestling ranks 6th of all boys' sports in terms of participation at the high school level with over 269,000 nation-wide. (Male Participation - Male Participation Graph)
  • Record number of boy's teams at 10,688
  • Since 1994, the number of women who wrestle in high school has grown from 804 to 9904. (Female Participation Numbers - Total Female Participation graphs)
  • California, Guam, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington sponsor a girl's state high school championship
  • Since 2002-03, the number of high school wrestlers has grown by over 40,000.  
  • In 2008/09, 42 new wrestling programs were established in Arkansas and the Arkansas High School Athletic Association became the 49th state to sanction a high school state wrestling championship currently, Mississippi is the only state that does not.
  • The Cadet/Junior National Championships is the largest wrestling tournament in the world (over 3600 entries).


COLLEGIATE WRESTLING
(INFORMATION PROVIDED BY NCAA AND GAO REPORT)

  • Intercollegiate wrestling has over 100 years of competition.
  • Collegiate wrestling typically ranks in the top 5 in revenue production of all NCAA Championships.
  • 117 new or re-instated intercollegiate wrestling teams (all divisions) have been established since 2002  
  • Wrestling has one of the lowest per cost student-athlete of any male sport with a large squad size which makes it an ideal sport to help increase male enrollment.
  • Wrestling has very modest start-up costs and needs
  • Wrestling ranks first among all men's NCAA sports in 1st generation student-athletes
  • Wrestlers have performed exceptionally well in the classroom as evidenced by the number of All-American and NCAA Champions earning National and Conference Academic accolades.


WOMEN'S WRESTLING

  • 24 colleges now sponsor a varsity wrestling program 
  • Women's wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport

 

INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING

  • Wrestling was included in the ancient Olympic Games, and was one of the select sports included in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 1896
  • Over 135 nations sponsor a wrestling federation.
  • Wrestling is one of the top three medal winning sports for the United States
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