It isn’t easy but it isn’t impossible either to get a wrestling scholarship. There are about 10,500 men’s wrestling athletes of 536 programs from NCAA Division 1 to the NCWA. In this article, let’s discuss how to get a wrestling scholarship.
Student-athletes can improve their opportunities of being awarded an athletic scholarship by targeting schools that are a good fit for them, keeping their grades higher, and taking part in which weight class coaches will recruit. Remember these tips:
- Research first. Know the major differences in the division levels. While NCAA Division 1, and Division 2, NAIA, NJCAA programs offer athletic scholarships, NCAA Division 3 programs offer scholarship packages that are made up of academic scholarships, merit-based and need-based aid scholarships. Division 3 and NAIA programs are typically provided by smaller, private schools.
- Know the athletic requirements. College coaches prioritize wrestling scholarships to recruits who can score points both at the state and national levels. For instance, a wrestler who can continuously score points against the elite competition will be ranked higher than a recruit who has won more total games but scored fewer overall points. Therefore besides being nationally ranked, try to maximize your point potential in high school to improve your opportunities of securing a roster spot.
- Excel academically. College coaches always want to find student-athletes and consider a recruit’s academic standing as seriously as their athletic ability. Moreover, a solid GPA and high test scores can land you additional academic aid. If you are interested in D1 or D2, ensure to sign up for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Keep your options open. Don’t overlook a division just since it isn’t Division 1. There are some competitive programs, from Division 2 to NJCAA, which can offer a better financial package than Division 1. For instance, you may find that a Division 3 package, which is made up of grants and academic aid, brings college costs down significantly. In addition, there are more wrestling scholarships available per team at junior colleges.