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 258,208 nation-wide. (Male Participation - Male Graphs 2015)


• The number of boy's teams at 10,597


• Since 1994, the number of women who wrestle in high school has grown from 804 to 11,496. (Total Female Participation - Female Graphs 2015)


• California, Guam, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington sponsor a girl's state high school championship


• 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.




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.


• Over a 130 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


• 28 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