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  1. The Case for NCAA D-II Wrestling 2007/08 Prepared by the National Wrestling Coaches Association

  2. Historical Background of Wrestling • Intercollegiate wrestling has been in existence over 100 years. • Wrestling was included in the ancient Olympic Games, and was one of the select sports included in the first modern Games in Athens, Greece in 1896 • Wrestling is one of the top three medal winning sports in the last several Olympic games • There has been a women’s World Championships in wrestling since 1987, and the US Women’s National team is currently one of the top programs in the world capturing a silver and bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games • Wrestling is considered by many historians as the world’s oldest sport

  3. Why Wrestling? "As a young man, I participated in wrestling, and later had the privilege of helping others experience the sport as both a teacher and a coach. Wrestling has played a vital role in developing our nation's young people. No sport demands more in courage, discipline, and perseverance.“ Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the US House of Representatives

  4. Why Wrestling Belongs at <insert college here> I. Indigenous To Your Geographic Area II. Wrestling provides opportunities for all sizes and diversity III. Opportunity For Regionally Competitive Program IV. High School Participation Trends V. Academic Achievement of Scholastic/Collegiate Wrestlers VI. Modest Cost for Establishing a Program VII. Wrestling’s Outstanding Americans

  5. High School wrestling is indigenous to the region even though it is very underserved at the collegiate level

  6. Supports Diversity • Historically a “Blue-Collar” Sport, Wrestling Attracts Students From all Socio-Economic Backgrounds • Composition of 2004 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team Reflected Wrestling’s Diversity • Sport Provides Opportunity to Physically Smaller Athlete Due to Weight Classification Competition • One of the Few Sports to Provide Mainstream Opportunity to the Blind, Deaf and Physically Handicapped Student-Athlete • Women’s wrestling is now an Olympic sport and over 5000 young women are wrestling in high schools across America

  7. Ability to Increase Enrollment • (College) will attract a diverse population. Historically, wrestling has been very competitive at Ivy League and pseudo Ivy League schools as evidenced by the fact that Cornell, Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Lehigh are all top 25 teams. Harvard and Stanford have both had NCAA Champions over the past 4 years • Historically, wrestling is a “blue collar” sport so your university can expect to attract student-athletes from diverse socio-economic backgrounds • With the national average of collegiate undergraduate enrollment projected to be 59% female by 2010, wrestling is uniquely positioned to help colleges bolster male enrollment since roughly only 300 colleges offer wrestling “The addition of a wrestling program provided Tri State University the opportunity to increase enrollment with outstanding academic male student-athletes” Shelia Kovalchick Vice President of Administration Tri State University

  8. HighSchool College Percent HS Sport Participants Participants toNCAA 1. Football 1,104,548 60,117 5.4 2. Basketball 556,269 16,271 2.9 3. Track and Field (outdoor) 544,180 21,686 3.9 4. Baseball 477,430 28,009 5.8 5. Soccer 377,999 19,291 5.1 6. W restling 257,246 5939 2.3 7. Cross Country 216,085 11,638 5.3 8. Golf 159,747 7,953 4.9 9. Tennis 156,944 7,386 4.7 10. Swimming/Diving 106,738 7,650 7.1 TOTALS 3,863,296 185,940 4.8 High School WrestlersUnder Recruited Talent Pool

  9. Ability to Generate Revenue • A college can sponsor wrestling for minimum cost while increasing student enrollment (it is not unusual for the entire operating budget to be less than the tuition/fee cost of one student). • Colleges can attract 20-25 new full time students to campus each year, thus generating new tuition/fee dollars annually • Examples of new D-II wrestling teams and success in recruiting new students to campus in the first year - Grand Canyon University (AZ) 38 student-athletes - New Mexico Highlands (NM) – 20 student-athletes - Mesa State University (CO) – 42 student-athletes

  10. Ability to be Competitive on A National Level • At the past three NCAA Division II Championships, over 70% of the schools competing on the Division II level where represented at the National Championships • 25 Schools on the Division II level had at least one NCAA All-American at the past three NCAA Championships. This is over 65% of all DII programs • New programs such as Limestone College, New Mexico Highlands and Newberry College had All-Americans in their first or second year of existence

  11. Modest Cost / Minimum Needs • Wrestling has one of the lowest cost per student athlete of any NCAA male sport (On average approximately $1,000.00 spent per student athlete based on the NCAA Equity In Athletics Disclosure Act report) • Typical Operating Budget (based on San Francisco State University Operating Budget - $49,000) See sample schedule on next slide 3,000 recruiting 34,500 meals, lodging, transportation 5,900 Team supplies and equipment 4,500 entry fees and officials 1,250 organizational dues • Modest facilities requirements (practice facility ideally accommodates two 42’ x 42’ wrestling mats. Cost of mats are $10,000 each) • Coaches Salary - $50,000 (could be considerably less if combined with another administrative/teaching responsibility on campus)

  12. Sample Schedule

  13. National Trends to Support Adding Wrestling • According to The National High School Federation participation statistics, high school wrestling participation has increased by over 25,000 since 1998 • Since 1994, the number of women participating in high school wrestling has grown from 804 to 4975 • Since 1994, the number of high schools that sponsor wrestling has grown from 8559 to 9445 • Since 1994, the number of high school participants in wrestling for boys and girls has grown from 222,429 to 262,294

  14. High School Participation Rates • Wrestling ranks 6th out of 33 sports in terms of individual participation (257,246 boys/5048 girls) • Wrestling has more high school participants then cross country, tennis, swimming & diving, ice hockey, lacrosse, golf, gymnastics Source: National Federation of High School Associations report

  15. Strength of Wrestling on the College Level Wrestling Championships at the college level: • Its ranks in the top five in terms of revenue at the NCAA Division I Championships • The NCAA D-I Championships are typically sold out (over 97,000 tickets are sold each year) • 52 new intercollegiate wrestling programs have been added or reinstated in the past five years

  16. Wrestling’s Vital Signs 52 New or Re-Instated Wrestling Programs Since 1999 Division I (5) Binghamton, Bucknell, Liberty, Utah Valley, Sacred Heart Division II (9) Mercyhurst, Grand Canyon, Newberry, Limestone, New Mexico Highlands, CSU-Pueblo, St. Andrews Presbyterian, Belmont Abbey, Mesa State Division III (3) Stevens Institute of Technology, Tri-State University, Olivet NAIA (18) California Baptist, Menlo, McKendree, Grand View, Newman*, Campbellsville, Hannibal-LaGrange, Great Falls, Hastings, York (Neb.), Notre Dame College, Bacone, Oklahoma City U., Seton Hill*, Sioux Falls, King College, West Virginia Tech, Morningside *- indicates current re-classification to NCAA Division II JUCO (10) Darton College, Rend Lake, Iowa Lakes, North Iowa Area CC, Wentworth Military, Southwestern Oregon, Spartanburg Methodist, Mercyhurst NorthEast, Pratt CC, West Hills (Calif.) WOMEN (7) Pacific, Missouri Valley, Menlo, U. of the Cumberlands, Missouri Baptist, Jamestown, Oklahoma City

  17. Wrestlers Perform on and off the Mat • The average G.P.A. of the nation’s top elite high school wrestler competing in the High School National Championships is 3.0 • Elite academic institutions are succeeding in Division I wrestling: - The Ivy league has three teams ranked in the Top 25 - Stanford, Harvard and Lehigh each had an NCAA Champion in the past five years - Elite wrestlers succeed in classroom as nine of the 20 NCAA Division I finalists were recognized on the NWCA All Academic Team

  18. How the NWCA Can Help !

  19. NWCA Quick Facts • Headquarters office located in Manheim, PA • Six full time staff advocating on behalf of wrestling every day • NWCA and Intermat Website Memberships over 8,000 • Official websites: and • Association is comprised of thirty four Board of Directors (collegiate and scholastic coaches, businessmen, affiliated groups)

  20. Affiliated Groups on NWCA Board of Directors • National Collegiate Athletic Association • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics • National Junior College Athletic Association • California Community Colleges (COA) • National Federation of State High School Associations • National Wrestling Officials Association • USA Wrestling • National Wrestling Hall of Fame

  21. Success of the NWCA • 38 State Associations, National Preps and all collegiate governing bodies license the Optimal Performance Calculator Program to help wrestlers maximize their performance through proven sport science and sport nutrition practices • Played important roles in establishing many of the 47 new intercollegiate wrestling programs since 1999 • Numerous mainstream companies and governmental agencies investing in the NWCA and wrestling (see for a listing) • NWCA has received over $250,000 in government grants to modify the wrestling weight management program for use in combating childhood obesity in schools across America

  22. The NWCA Can Provide the Following: • Grass roots support for wrestling in west region (every head high school wrestling coach in – list regional states -- are members of the NWCA) • Provide assistance in securing program start up funds and equipment (we can get uniforms and practice gear donated) • Assist with scheduling and conference affiliation initiatives • Provide professional development for coaching staff if necessary • Promote the new intercollegiate program nationally

  23. Educational programs that strengthen the proficiencies of coaches and strengthen wrestling’s alignment with educational values • Leadership Training Coaches and Athletes– online leadership training course from Missouri State University delivered for 1 college graduate credit • Coaches Resource Guide – 600 page administrative manual for scholastic and collegiate coaches • Technique Video Library • Novations Online Courses - Eight online courses (4 hours each) designed to enhance a coach’s “small business CEO” skills (public speaking, negotiations, communications, conflict resolution, etc.) • Professional development seminars at annual convention

  24. Opportunity to Sell Wrestling as an Educational Program as opposed to an Extra Curricular Activity: • Promoting fitness – the online weight management/sport nutrition known as the Optimal Performance Calculator (OPC) currently serves 240,000 middle school, high school, and college wrestlers annually. • Pinning Childhood Obesity - The NWCA has collaborated with a variety of governmental agencies to migrate a modified version of the OPC into elementary and secondary schools for the purpose of combating childhood obesity. • Mainstream Strategic Partners – USDA, United States Marine Corps, The Hershey Company, Tanita and BodPod

  25. NWCA Speaking Points • Leader since 1928 in developing educational programs that strengthen proficiencies of coaches, enhance the competitive experience and life skills of wrestlers, and align wrestling with educational values • Leader in promoting fitness/nutrition in "physical education" communities, general student population, and "all sport" markets at scholastic and collegiate levels • Serve as official voice for folk-style wrestling in high school and college • Leader in saving threatened wrestling programs and establishing new ones • Provider of nationally recognized events for high school and college wrestlers  • Leader in enhancing the positive reputation of wrestling and its values in the mainstream population

  26. Your Wrestling Support Staff THE NATIONAL WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION For More Information Contact: Mike Moyer – Executive Director P.O. Box 254 Manheim, PA 17544 717-653-8009