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Takedown the Recruiting Process With the Help of The Athletic Scholar!

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Wrestling Scholarships and The Recruiting Process

The wrestling recruiting process is different than most other sports. There are only about 300 wrestling programs in The United States which are equivalency sports. An equivalency sports program is able to divide up their full scholarships in order to recruit more talent. In most cases, partial scholarships are awarded, rather than full scholarships. Most college programs have low recruiting budgets and are not able to travel to watch prospective student athletes compete as often as they would like. It is very important to be proactive in your wrestling recruiting process, if you really want an athletic scholarship. College coaches are looking for wrestlers to reach out to them, if they are interested in receiving a sports scholarship.  It is crucial to have a high quality video that displays your skills on the mat and also shows improvement. You must wrestle well at the highest level of high school and prove yourself.

Basic Academic Guidelines to be Eligible

High school student athletes need to earn a 3.0 GPA, 24 ACT, and at least 1000 out of 1600 on the SAT in order to become eligible to compete at the collegiate level.

3.0 GPA/ 24 ACT/ 1000 SAT

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Basic Guidelines for a Wrestling Scholarship

  • Top 35 in the state and or weight class
  • Participates in both high school and summer tournaments
  • State championship finalist
  • FILA Junior National participant
  • Several year varsity starter
  • Several high school tournament victories
  • Good strong physical stature and room for growth and improvement

Wrestling Scholarship Guidelines

NCAA D1:

  • All-American Honors
  • All-Region, All-State, All-League/District Selection
  • Several high school tournament victories
  • State Champion or Top in the state

NCAA DII

  • All-State, All-League/District Selection
  • Several high school tournament victories
  • Top in State

NCAA NAIA

  • All-State, All-League/District selection
  • Several high school tournament victories

College Wrestling Programs Scholarships

NCAA D1: 9.9

NCAA D2: 9

NAIA:8

NJCAA: as many as 16

 

Number of College Wrestling Programs in The United States

NCAA DI: 73
NCAA DII: 52
NAIA: 31
NJCAA: 61