College wrestling earned $6.1 million for Ohio schools in 2016


University of Findlay wrestling brought in $27,646 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Ohio 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 $718,801 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.

Ohio's 18 schools with wrestling programs reported $6,105,7842  in revenue in 2016.

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Ohio college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1The University of FindlayNCAA Division II with football2,56126$718,801$27,646
2Kent State University

at Kent

NCAA Division I-FBS19,03431$641,998$20,710
3Ohio University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS17,79436$694,984$19,305
4Ohio State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS41,66637$687,331$18,577
5Cleveland State UniversityNCAA Division I without football9,14826$389,779$14,992
6Lake Erie CollegeNCAA Division II with football72334$388,656$11,431
7Lourdes UniversityNAIA Division II84219$212,460$11,182
8Tiffin UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,74832$344,878$10,777
9Notre Dame CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,24754$578,817$10,719
10Ashland UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,26237$323,071$8,732
11Case Western

Reserve University

NCAA Division III with football4,97321$145,374$6,923
12Ohio Northern UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,04731$202,578$6,535
13Baldwin Wallace UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,01335$209,619$5,989
14Otterbein UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,24729$149,200$5,145
15John Carroll UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,91028$132,461$4,731
16Muskingum UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,29218$62,892$3,494
17Heidelberg UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,10539$121,787$3,123
18University of Mount UnionNCAA Division III with football2,10043$101,056$2,350
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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