Your scholarship in the USA

Wrest­ling, as the ulti­mate Olympic sport, is a very popular sport in the USA. The funding cannot be compared to any other system in the world. For this reason you can find a lot of inter­na­tional athletes at the various colleges in the USA. The incom­pa­rable popu­la­rity can be seen again and again at the national cham­pions­hips of the NCAA D1. There is nati­on­wide TV coverage of the compe­ti­tions that take place in arenas with over 20,000 spec­ta­tors.

This reco­gni­tion of the sport in connec­tion with the combi­na­tion of high-perfor­mance athle­tics and an academic career makes a wres­l­ting scho­l­ar­ship an option that cannot be matched by any other country.

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wrest­lers studying at colleges in the USA


College teams in the USA


avail­able full scho­l­ar­s­hips in college wrest­ling

Wrestling in the USA

How many scholarships are there?

Wrest­ling at American univer­si­ties is curr­ently only supported on the men’s side. There are many options here to get a scho­l­ar­ship. Unfor­tu­n­a­tely, this is not yet the case with women. However, there is also the option of getting a sports scho­l­ar­ship. This is a decision that each univer­sity makes indi­vi­du­ally.

Univer­si­ties with men’s wrest­ling teams:

  • NCAA D1: 78
  • NCAA D2: 33
  • NAIA: 61
  • NJCAA: 62

Full scho­l­ar­s­hips per team:

  • Depen­ding on the divi­sion between 8 and 20

How is the training in the USA structured?

The college teams usually train between five and seven compe­ti­tion-like work­outs per week, each lasting two hours in modern trai­ning faci­li­ties that are located directly on campus. In addi­tion, there are between two and four strength and condi­tio­ning work­outs.
You can be sure that you will train on site with the best coaches in the world. Because the colleges have the finan­cial means to employ above-average trai­ners, some even from Russia. A wrest­ling scho­l­ar­ship offers you the oppor­tu­nity to get on a top inter­na­tional level in order to make the jump to world cham­pions­hips and the Olympic Games..
While wrest­lers in Europe act as indi­vi­dual athletes, there is an unbe­liev­ably huge team spirit in the United States.

What does a season at college look like?

Depen­ding on the team’s sche­dule, the season begins either at the end of October or at the begin­ning of November and ends with the national cham­pions­hips at the end of March. There is a short break between Christmas and New Year.
The level at the compe­ti­tions is consi­dered to be very high, as many junior world cham­pions compete for US colleges.


Requirements for your scholarship

The incredible profes­sio­na­lism of college wrest­ling attracts many athletes from Eastern Europe, South Korea and of course North America. In order to still have good chances, you should have already parti­ci­pated in National youth cham­pions­hips or junior cham­pions­hips. As a top athlete, you have the chance to study at the best univer­si­ties in the USA.

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