Your Complete List of Men’s Division 2 Wrestling Colleges
The best wrestlers at NCAA Division 2 wrestling colleges could easily compete at the Division 1 level. Wrestlers of this caliber may select a D2 school instead of D1 for either social or academic reasons. Division 2 wrestling colleges simply give a student-athletes more of a sense of balance between the social, academic, and athletic aspects of college. Variables that can impact a student-athlete’s decision to go D2 can be:
- On average, Division 2 wrestling colleges require less training than in D1, which gives student-athletes more time for other pursuits off of the wrestling mat.
- D2 schools have a range of student population sizes, and more than half of the schools have less than 3,000 students. Student-athletes that require a more involved learning process most likely can thrive in these types of institutions, compared to the huge lectures with hundreds of students that are staples of D1 schools.
Keeping a social life that balances with academics and athletics can be easily attained at D2 wrestling colleges. Wrestling will of course take up a lot of time, but D2 student-athletes will have the ability to be involved in activities on campus, unlike many D1 wrestlers.
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How many Division 2 wrestling colleges are there?
The latest data shows there are 64 Division 2 wrestling programs. The scholarship limit for D2 colleges is 9.0, so full scholarships are extremely rare, and most received are partial scholarships. A wrestler who would be likely to reach top 10 at the D2 level, though, could potentially earn a full scholarship.
D2 wrestling rankings. Top Division 2 wrestling colleges.
NCSA puts together a Power Rankings list of best D2 wrestling colleges that take other variables impacting the college experience into account beyond just team performance. NCSA’s goal is to inform student-athletes and their families and help guide them to a decision that is best for them.
- Colorado School of Mines
- Augustana University – South Dakota
- Gannon University
- University of Nebraska at Kearney
- University of Indianapolis
- Coker College
- McKendree University
- Seton Hall University
- Millersville University of Pennsylvania
- University of Mary
To see the top Division 2 wrestling colleges, based only on the team’s rankings, check out the NCAA rankings.