Wrestling scholarships require marketing to recruiters

Wrestling scholarships require marketing to recruiters
Wrestling scholarships require marketing to recruiters

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.

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