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Common questions about recruiting and wrestling in college
What do the different divisions mean?
College athletics is divided into 5 major divisions. Just like most high school states have separate divisions based on the size of the high school at the state tournament, college athletics is divided into divisions in order to roughly group colleges based on the amount of resources each college is willing to put into athletics. In this way, similarly-resourced teams can compete against each other and colleges can maintain an even playing field.
Is college wrestling for me?
Most likely yes! If you are passionate about wrestling and want to continue to pursue it in college, than you can likely find a college to do that. The main consideration for wrestling in college is simply your dedication & time commitment. Remember, almost every college wrestler was a high school state placer or at least qualifier. To compete against that level of competition, you will need to commit a huge amount of time to the sport. No matter how good you are, if you don’t love the sport you likely won’t be successful at the next level.
What level of college wrestling is for me?
So you have determined that you want to wrestle in college, but at what level? Many athletes don’t give this question enough attention, but it’s vitally important to match your expectations, skills, and dedication level with the division and level where you will compete.
A rule of thumb - Of course a lot of other intangibles go into calculating an athlete’s potential in a sport, but the table above provides a rough guide to help you be realistic about where you will fit in. A rough rule of thumb is that college coaches will give you the best indication of your potential to fit in at that team and at that level. If a college coach is not recruiting you hard (see answers below) then you are not their main target. That doesn’t mean they won’t recruit you at all, but if they are not offering you substantial scholarship money or making it clear that you will be the guy at that weight class, than they are probably doing it for somebody else. Our piece of advice is to go to a program where you are recruited as the main target at a particular weight class. You will receive the most individualized attention, be in a good position to be successful at that level of competition, and thus most likely have the most enjoyable student-athlete experience in college.
How do I reach out to college coaches?
Because college coaches are the best judge of your potential to fit in with a particular team and at a particular level (division), a good strategy is to reach out to a number of college coaches. They will “show” you what level you should be targeting for college athletics.
How can I tell if a coach is interested in me?
A coach that is interested in you will maintain fairly consistent contact with you, likely by phone/text. They may watch you wrestle at national/state-level tournaments, and they will try to get you on a campus visit. In the end coaches who are interested in you will try to get you to commit to their school– likely as soon as possible. To do this they will usually have to offer you scholarship money (for Divisions I, II, NAIA, and NJCAA), a slot for admissions (for highly selective institutions). Remember, DIII coaches can’t offer scholarships.
How do I know what colleges to consider and which coaches to reach out to?
Potential college athletes have several aspects to consider: matching their athletic goals with the level of the program and division and the quality of the coach, the academic side of the college, and the total affordability of the college.
How is applying to college different as an athlete?
In three main ways:
How is the college experience different as an athlete?
Time, time, time. College is an exciting time with new and more challenging academics and a lot of new social opportunities. However, playing a sport in college will require a significant time commitment. The time commitment increases at higher levels of competition, but the time commitment for college athletics for any level is substantial.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
It’s not all about the scholarship