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SCHOLASTIC WRESTLING (DATA PROVIDED BY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FEDERATION OF ASSOCIATIONS)
• The number of boy's teams at 10,597
• California, Guam, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington sponsor a girl's state high school championship
• In 2008/09, 42 new wrestling programs were established in Arkansas and the Arkansas High School Athletic Association became the 49th state to sanction a high school state wrestling championship currently, Mississippi is the only state that does not.
COLLEGIATE WRESTLING (INFORMATION PROVIDED BY NCAA AND GAO REPORT)
• Intercollegiate wrestling has over 100 years of competition.
• Collegiate wrestling typically ranks in the top 5 in revenue production of all NCAA Championships.
• Over a 130 new or re-instated intercollegiate wrestling teams (all divisions) have been established since 2002
• Wrestling has one of the lowest per cost student-athlete of any male sport with a large squad size which makes it an ideal sport to help increase male enrollment.
• Wrestling has very modest start-up costs and needs
• Wrestling ranks first among all men's NCAA sports in 1st generation student-athletes
• Wrestlers have performed exceptionally well in the classroom as evidenced by the number of All-American and NCAA Champions earning National and Conference Academic accolades.
• 28 colleges now sponsor a varsity wrestling program
• Women's wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport
• Wrestling was included in the ancient Olympic Games, and was one of the select sports included in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 1896
• Over 135 nations sponsor a wrestling federation.
• Wrestling is one of the top three medal winning sports for the United States