College wrestling earned $13 million for Pennsylvania schools in 2016


Pennsylvania State University wrestling brought in $43,823 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Pennsylvania 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 $1,533,822 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.

Pennsylvania's 42 schools with wrestling programs reported $13,062,644  in revenue in 2016.

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Pennsylvania college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS39,88335$1,533,822$43,823
2Lehigh UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,99043$1,575,244$36,634
3University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusNCAA Division I-FBS18,12929$989,630$34,125
4Bucknell UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,52535$1,031,390$29,468
5Drexel UniversityNCAA Division I without football13,25835$866,216$24,749
6Lock Haven UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,52228$600,893$21,460
7University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division I-FCS10,23126$492,064$18,926
8Mercyhurst UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,40235$556,978$15,914
9Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football4,34640$604,681$15,117
10Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football8,17821$315,928$15,044
11Franklin and Marshall CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,22226$369,567$14,214
12Seton Hill UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,48224$337,607$14,067
13Clarion University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football3,56732$370,686$11,584
14Mercyhurst University-

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NJCAA Division II54918$181,431$10,080
15Keystone CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,08711$103,451$9,405
16University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownNCAA Division II without football2,70637$341,969$9,242
17East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,61624$216,719$9,030
18Gannon UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,47139$346,497$8,885
19Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football7,28234$277,454$8,160
20Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,53219$143,891$7,573
21Millersville University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,91024$171,009$7,125
22Lycoming CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,23929$201,611$6,952
23Washington & Jefferson CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,36923$132,830$5,775
24Wilkes UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,29734$190,044$5,590
25Elizabethtown CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,70220$97,446$4,872
26Messiah CollegeNCAA Division III without football2,64829$135,273$4,665
27Waynesburg UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,32919$76,392$4,021
28Muhlenberg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,31224$84,794$3,533
29Thaddeus Stevens College of TechnologyNJCAA Division III1,0477$24,065$3,438
30Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBoisUSCAA4727$22,168$3,167
31University of ScrantonNCAA Division III without football3,65822$67,719$3,078
32Gettysburg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,37825$74,604$2,984
33Pennsylvania College of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football4,58210$29,376$2,938
34Thiel CollegeNCAA Division III with football84635$96,877$2,768
35York College PennsylvaniaNCAA Division III without football3,84639$105,768$2,712
36Delaware Valley UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,76625$67,402$2,696
37Ursinus CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,53935$92,226$2,635
38Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- EberlyOther54912$28,976$2,415
39King's CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,90324$52,277$2,178
40Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont AltoUSCAA67917$32,804$1,930
41Pennsylvania State University-Penn State SchuylkillUSCAA6217$8,949$1,278
42Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New KensingtonUSCAA52215$13,916$928
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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