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 in having the greatest percentage of 1st generation college bound students when compared with all other NCAA Sports.
- Wrestling ranks at the top of NCAA sports in opportunity for minority athletes.
Ethnic makeup of the 2004-2012 U.S. Olympic Teams
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)
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)
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:
- Since 1994, the number of women participating in high school wrestling has grown from 804 to 13.496.
- Since 1994, the number of high schools that sponsor wrestling has grown from 8,559 to 10,685 (All-Time High).
- Combined total of male and female wrestling programs is 12,626
- Since 1994, the number of high school participants in wrestling for boys and girls has grown from 222,429 to 264,149