College wrestling earned $3.7 million for Virginia schools in 2016


University of Virginia wrestling brought in $39,243 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Virginia that year, according to a Watchdog.org analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s wrestling program brought in a total of $1,177,289 in 2016. 

The agency's office of postsecondary education collects athletics data annually from all institutions with intercollegiate athletics programs that receive funding through federal financial aid programs. Data for 2016 – the latest year available – includes more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

Virginia's nine schools with wrestling programs reported $3,693,862  in revenue in 2016.

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Virginia college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of Virginia-

Main Campus

NCAA Division I-FBS15,42030$1,177,289$39,243
2Old Dominion UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,17335$962,245$27,493
3George Mason UniversityNCAA Division I without football19,02431$479,605$15,471
4Virginia Military InstituteNCAA Division I-FCS1,71329$301,082$10,382
5Washington and Lee UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,81817$162,508$9,559
6Hampden-Sydney

College

NCAA Division III with football1,02611$86,394$7,854
7Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS25,17529$213,410$7,359
8Southern Virginia UniversityNCAA Division III with football75615$101,086$6,739
9Ferrum CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,27145$210,243$4,672
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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