Scholarships for wrestling are relatively scarce. That’s why learning the best way to pursue a wrestling scholarship from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.
When does the wrestling recruiting process start?
1. The wrestling scholarship process begins as early as freshman year. There are just over 300 colleges with wrestling programs, so competition is fierce for each wrestling scholarship. Starting early is the best way to know you’re giving yourself the best chance to wrestle at the college level.
How do I get discovered?
2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is essential. When college wrestling coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA, you gain exposure and credibility. Make sure coaches know who you are before they see you at big national wrestling tournaments.
NCSA regional scouting vice president Cory Wallman discusses what wrestling tournaments are prime for college coaches and recruiting.
How do coaches evaluate wrestling prospects?
3. The Internet is your best tool for wrestling recruits. Budgets for college wrestling aren’t nearly as big as they are for basketball or football. The best way that a coach can evaluate you, without spending money on travel, is the Internet. A third-party evaluator like NCSA offers wrestling coaches easy access to your video highlights and statistics.
Where am I qualified to wrestle?
4. Less than 30% of the schools that offer college wrestling are in Division I. The majority of college wrestlers don’t compete in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. More than 70% of wrestling programs are at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. NCSA is an experienced talent evaluator, and can tell you where you’re likely to find success.
NCSA discusses the scarcity of Division I wrestling scholarships per team.
What is my coach’s role?
5. Your coach can help you develop on the mat, but getting a scholarship for wrestling is your responsibility. Coaches are busy people and don’t have the time that the wrestling recruiting process requires. If you want a wrestling scholarship it’s your responsibility to do the work.
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