College wrestling earned $4.3 million for North Carolina schools in 2016

North Carolina State University at Raleigh wrestling brought in $23,905 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in North Carolina that year, according to a Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s wrestling program brought in a total of $884,483 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.

North Carolina's 11 schools with wrestling programs reported $4,293,704  in revenue in 2016.


North Carolina college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1North Carolina State University at RaleighNCAA Division I-FBS20,81837$884,483$23,905
2Davidson CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS1,79119$370,662$19,509
3Appalachian State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,45031$505,020$16,291
4St Andrews UniversityNAIA Division II61220$300,864$15,043
5Gardner-Webb UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS1,90835$493,202$14,091
6Campbell UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,73449$674,242$13,760
7University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNCAA Division I-FBS17,82842$476,000$11,333
8Belmont Abbey CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,40332$281,681$8,803
9Greensboro CollegeNCAA Division III with football75920$103,724$5,186
10University of North

Carolina at Pembroke

NCAA Division II with football4,47835$153,667$4,390
11Duke UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS6,44925$50,159$2,006
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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