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Your Complete List of Men’s Division 1 Wrestling Colleges

For men who want to wrestle against the best competition college has to offer, attending one of the top NCAA Division 1 men’s wrestling colleges is essential. Certain conferences routinely send wrestlers to the Olympics, while top schools boast state champions and high school stars. Before embarking on this intense wrestling journey, it is important to consider the factors below:

  • At Division 1 wrestling colleges, student-athletes will have to put in immense amounts of work. There is also a chance that he will need to move up or down a weight class, which can be physically taxing.
  • With top tier athletic facilities, equipment, and athletic and medical staff, Division 1 wrestling colleges provide a lot of support to their wrestlers.
  • Large D1 schools often provide more resources to help student-athletes who are struggling academically.   

For wrestlers with an incredibly competitive nature, D1 wrestling teams may be the best fit – since you’ll be up against the best competition recruited from high schools all over the country.

How many Division 1 wrestling colleges are there?

There are 78 Division 1 wresting programs across the country with 9.9 maximum scholarships per team, although some programs might have less. With 10 weight classes, it’s typically unlikely for full scholarships to be given, but it is possible for top-end talent. A full scholarship recipient often can wrestle at multiple weight classes and succeed, which amplifies their value to the team. 

Division 1 wrestling rankings. Top D1 wrestling colleges.

The NCAA Division 1 level of competition is unmatched in any other division. NCSA compiled the best D1 wrestling colleges, which take into account a variety of factors in the overall college experience to help families find the right college fit athletically, academically, socially and financially.

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Michigan
  4. Duke University
  5. Princeton University
  6. University of Virginia
  7. University of Wisconsin
  8. Ohio State University
  9. Harvard University
  10. University of Illinois 

NCAA rankings, on the other hand, are based on performance at conference and national tournaments.

Full List of Division 1 Wrestling Colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Boone, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
Tempe, ARIZONA
South West
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Bloomsburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Lewisburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Riverside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific West Conference  
NCAA I  
San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big Sky Conference  
NCAA I  
Bakersfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Fresno, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
Buies Creek, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Big South Conference  
NCAA I  
Mount Pleasant, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference  
NCAA I  
Charleston, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Southern Conference  
NCAA I  
Clarion, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Cleveland, OHIO
Great Lakes
Horizon League  
NCAA I  
New York, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Ithaca, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Davidson, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Durham, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Edinboro, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Lancaster, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Centennial Conference  
NCAA I  
Boiling Springs, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Big South Conference  
NCAA I  
Fairfax, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Hempstead, NEW YORK
North East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Bloomington, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Ames, IOWA
Mid West
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Kent, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference  
NCAA I  
Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Lock Haven, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Brooklyn, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I  
East Lansing, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Fargo, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
Missouri Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
DeKalb, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference  
NCAA I  
Evanston, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Columbus, OHIO
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Athens, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference  
NCAA I  
Stillwater, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Norfolk, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Conference USA  
NCAA I  
Corvallis, OREGON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
University Park, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Clinton, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Big South Conference  
NCAA I  
Princeton, NEW JERSEY
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
West Lafayette, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Lawrenceville, NEW JERSEY
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Piscataway, NEW JERSEY
North East
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Fairfield, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I  
Brookings, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Missouri Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Edwardsville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Stanford, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Vestal, NEW YORK
North East
America East Conference  
NCAA I  
Buffalo, NEW YORK
North East
Mid-American Conference  
NCAA I  
USAFA, COLORADO
South West
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
West Point, NEW YORK
North East
Division I-A Independents  
NCAA I  
Annapolis, MARYLAND
North East
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Little Rock, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
Champaign, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Iowa City, IOWA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
College Park, MARYLAND
North East
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Minneapolis, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Columbia, MISSOURI
Mid West
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Lincoln, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Greeley, COLORADO
South West
Big Sky Conference  
NCAA I  
Cedar Falls, IOWA
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Norman, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Chattanooga, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southern Conference  
NCAA I  
Charlottesville, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Madison, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Laramie, WYOMING
North West
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
Orem, UTAH
South West
Western Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Lexington, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Big South Conference  
NCAA I  
Blacksburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
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