Competing at the Junior College or JUCO level can be done by athletes of any level for a few main motivations. Improving grades to later compete at a 4-year school is one. Late bloomers oftentimes find themselves wrestling at the JUCO level only to transfer to become a main contributor at a larger school. JUCO sports can be a huge transition period both academically, as well as athletically. NJCAA wrestling gives an athlete time to mature while competing at a very high level.
There are 62 NJCAA or JUCO wrestling teams with 20 scholarships maximum per team, which is by far the largest number across college divisions. As a result, reaching out to coaches at NJCAA wrestling programs can help student-athletes get on a coach’s radar early to set their trajectory for starting at a junior college and possibly transferring to another division level.
Below are some of the best Junior Colleges for wrestling the country has to offer:
View the full list of NJCAA rankings for 2019.