Why Wrestle?

 
Why wrestling belongs in your state:

  • Indigenous to your geographic area
  • Wrestling provides opportunities for all sizes and promotes diversity
  • Opportunity for regionally competitive program
  • High school participation trends
  • Academic achievement of scholastic/collegiate wrestlers
  • Modest cost for establishing a program
  • Wrestling's outstanding Americans


Diversity anyone can be involved
:

  • Wrestling has weight classes from 106 lbs. to 285 lbs. so all students of any size have an opportunity to compete.
  • Historically, wrestling is a "blue collar" sport that attracts student-athletes from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Wrestling is one of the few sports that provides opportunities for the blind and physically handicapped.
  • Wrestling ranks 1st for the most 1st generation college students at iNCAA Sports.
  • Wrestling ranks at the top of NCAA sports in opportunity for minority athletes.


Ethnic makeup of the 2004-2012 U.S. Olympic Teams

2004
Men's Freestyle - 6/7 Minority Athletes (4 African American, 2 Hispanic)
Women's Freestyle - 2/4 Minority Athletes (1 African American, 1 Native American/Inuit)
Greco-Roman - 0/6 Minority Athletes (U.S. did not quality a weight for the Olympics)

2008
Men's Freestyle - 2/7 Minority Athletes (1 African American, 1 Hispanic)
Women's Freestyle - 2/4 Minority Athletes (1 Asian, 1 African American)
Greco-Roman - 3/6 Minority Athletes (3 African Americans, U.S. did not quality a weight for the Olympics)

2012
Men's Freestyle - 1/7 Minority Athlete (1 African American)
Women's Freestyle - 2/4 Minority Athletes (1 Asian, 1 mixed-race)
Greco-Roman - 4/6 Minority Athletes (4 African American, U.S. did not qualify a weight for the Olympics)

The 2012 team also included two athletes who were born in other countries -- Elena Pirozhkova is a Russian immigrant, while Tervel Dlagnev is a Bulgarian immigrant.

23/48 - 47.9% of Olympic Team members in the last three years are Minority athletes. Exactly half of all the women’s wrestlers have been minority athletes. 


Wrestling is growing:

  • The National High School participation rate for wrestling has shown an increase the last six years.
  • Since 1994, the number of women participating in high school wrestling has grown from 804 to 8727.
  • Since 1994, the number of high schools that sponsor wrestling has grown from 8,559 to 10,488.
  • Combined total of male and female wrestling programs is 12,090.
  • Since 1994, the number of high school participants in wrestling for boys and girls has grown from 222,429 to 278,890.