College wrestling earned $2.9 million for Nebraska schools in 2016


Midland University wrestling brought in $17,579 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Nebraska 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 $931,690 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.

Nebraska's nine schools with wrestling programs reported $2,918,204  in revenue in 2016.

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Nebraska college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Midland UniversityNAIA Division II1,16853$931,690$17,579
2University of Nebraska

at Kearney

NCAA Division II with football4,21737$435,810$11,779
3York CollegeNAIA Division II37216$170,701$10,669
4Hastings CollegeNAIA Division II1,10228$294,550$10,520
5Chadron State CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,70933$343,971$10,423
6Doane University-Arts

& Sciences

NAIA Division II1,03823$215,477$9,369
7Concordia University-NebraskaNAIA Division II1,20538$352,747$9,283
8Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,56923$79,996$3,478
9University of Nebraska-LincolnNCAA Division I-FBS19,38136$93,262$2,591
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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