Wrestling Scholarships

Your odds of receiving a wrestling scholarship are relatively low compared to other college sports.  Wrestling has one of the lowest scholarship budgets and you need to be a nationally or internationally recognized wrestler to stand any chance of being recognized for a scholarship.  You also need to know who to talk to about scheduling time with a college wrestling coach, so you can build a lasting relationship.

Making a positive connection with a college coach is your best chance of pinning down a wrestling scholarship.  If a coach gets to know you personally and they appreciate your strong work ethic, then they will want to see you succeed.  If a coach believes in your abilities, they will be more likely to offer you college funding to help you out.

How to get a College Wrestling Scholarship

Coaches have pretty high standards when it comes to college wrestlers.  You need to be competing often and winning almost every match you enter, if you expect to meet a college coach’s expectations for a wrestling scholarship.  There are also specific academic requirements in order to be eligible.  Start researching the recruiting process early, so you know everything that is involved.

You won’t be recruited, if you don’t take the time to understand the recruitment process!

Coaches will only award scholarships to wrestlers who stand out amongst all the other competitors in their division.  You need to be a well-rounded athlete with good grades and the ability to market yourself, if you hope on making the cut.

Getting Noticed by Wrestling Coaches

The best way to get noticed by a wrestling coach is to convince one to attend your next match and then win the match with finesse.  The problem is being able to market yourself in a way that will make a college coach take the time out of their busy schedule just to come and watch you wrestle.

Start by sending an introduction letter detailed who you are and why you have the potential to wrestle at the college level.  Follow up with your sports resume and a video of one of your better matches, so the coach can see how you perform when it counts.  Keep the video short and to the point, so that you don’t lose the coaches attention with long speeches and wild special effects.

Improving your odds of earning a College Wrestling Scholarship

If you want to have an advantage over other high school wrestlers, than you need to do more than just win matches.  You need to demonstrate a commitment to maintaining your physic, excelling in your studies and marketing yourself to potential recruiters and college coaches.

Your attitude and your reputation are crucial to being considered for a scholarship by a college coach.  It is necessary that you portray yourself as competitive, professional and coachable.  The more positive exposure that you get in front of a college coach, the better your chances will be of receiving a scholarship.  If you are not sure how to gain the right exposure, then consult with an expert.

College Wrestling Scholarship Availability

How many high school wrestlers are competing for scholarships?

There are potentially 273,732 high school wrestlers who might all be applying for the same scholarships as you.

How many wrestlers were in Division 1 in 2010-2011?

Division 1 had 80 wrestling teams with 2,565 wrestlers in 2010-2011.  Division 1 wrestling has dropped down from 111 teams and 3,343 wrestlers back in 1990-1991.

How many Division 1 Scholarships are available for college wrestlers?

Division 1 colleges only have a total of 723 scholarships that can be divided amongst the 273,732 high school wrestlers.

What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 1 if you make the team?

There are 723 scholarships available in division 1 and 2,565 athletes.  That is a 28% chance of receiving funding towards your education if you are a good enough wrestler to be accepted at the college level.

How many wrestlers were in Division 2 in 2010-2011?

There were 49 teams and 1,317 wrestlers competing at division 2 colleges in 1990-1991.  That has grown to 56 teams and 1,780 wrestlers in 2010-2011.

How many Division 2 Scholarships are available to college wrestlers?

There are 468 wrestling scholarships available for athletes who are attending a division 2 college.

What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 2 if you make the team?

There are 1,780 spots available in division 2 wrestling and only 468 scholarships.  If you are of the incredibly fortunate 273,732 high school wrestlers who earns a spot on a college team, you will also have a 26% chance of receiving a scholarship.

How many wrestlers were in Division 3 in 2010-2011?

There were only 88 teams and 2,391 wrestlers in 2010-2011 compared to the 2,432 wrestlers twenty years prior in 1990-1991.

How many Division 3 Scholarships are available?

Division 3 colleges do not have scholarships available for wrestling.

How many NAIA Scholarships are available?

NAIA schools have 248 scholarships available to wrestlers who want to continue competing at the college level.

How many Junior College Scholarships are available?

In 2010-2011, there were 976 scholarships available for wrestling at junior colleges.