High school wrestlers who want to make it big in wrestling should start by following one simple rule -- move to the Midwest. According to Athletic Scholarships, "The Midwest dominates collegiate wrestling, with schools such as Iowa, Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Nebraska almost always claiming the top positions in collegiate rankings."
It's true. The Wrestling Hall of Fame says that in the last century, collegiate wrestling has been most popular in Midwestern states like Iowa and Southwestern states like Oklahoma. That's a lot of wrestling scholarships to compete for.
Take Iowa for example. IPTV draws the history of wrestling in Iowa back to the 1800s, when Martin "Farmer" Burns started a wrestling school. High school wrestling tournaments started in 1921. In the past two centuries, many wrestling champions have come out of Iowa, and it has become an important part of Iowa's school sports programs at the high school and college levels.
So how are high school wrestlers going to make it into one of those prestigious Midwestern wrestling programs? They need to get a wrestling scholarship.
But wrestling scholarships aren't like academic scholarships. Most wrestling scholarships aren't publicly listed for high schoolers to apply for on an online database. No, to get money for wrestling, students have to be scouted and recruited. Athletic Scholarships has a few tips for how to get noticed by scouts.
First, students need to get their names out there. If they're good wrestlers, no college is going to know until the students convince them that they are. Athletic Scholarships says there are 1,193.4 wrestling scholarships in the NCAA. In order to put their name in the hat for one of those wrestling scholarships, students can fill out the recruiting form for student athletes and be entered into a national database of student athletes.
For a more hands-on entry into the realm of scouts and wrestling scholarships, Athletic Scholarships recommends attending a college wrestling camp. Athletic Scholarships says, "It's a great way to get noticed and boost your recruiting opportunities as well as your chances of being scouted by wrestling recruiters."
If you're a high school wrestler and looking to get a wrestling scholarship, the key is to market yourself. But how does one even begin to consider the etiquette in approaching a college wrestling coach? Why not take advice from the coaches?
The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) has a feature called "Coach's Corner," where college wrestling coaches talk about what they look for in recruits for wrestling scholarships and how potential recruits can contact the school. The NCSA website also has tips on the recruiting process.
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