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How Many College Wrestling Teams are There in NCAA Division I?

Exactly how many college wrestling teams are there? As of 2022-2023 NCAA Wrestling season, there are 78 Division I Wrestling teams.

Keep reading to learn more about the number of D1 wrestling teams, including newly added Division I programs and recently dropped programs.

How Many College Wrestling Teams are There?

Though there are over 500 collegiate wrestling programs, only 78 of them are Division I. The total number includes Division II, Division III, NAIA, Juco, and women’s wrestling. In fact, women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in America.

List of Every D1 Wrestling Team

The 78 D1 wrestling teams are across all conferences: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, EIWA, MAC, PAC-12, and SoCon. Below is a full list of every D1 wrestling team.

Air ForceBig 12USAFACO
Appalachian StateSoConBooneNC
Arizona StatePAC-12TempeAZ
Army West PointEIWAWest PointNY
Cal BaptistBig 12RiversideCA
Cal PolyPAC-12San Luis ObispoCA
CampbellSoConBuies CreekNC
Central MichiganMACMount PleasantMI
Cleveland StateMACClevelandOH
ColumbiaEIWANew YorkNY
CSU BakersfieldPAC-12BakersfieldCA
Franklin & MarshallEIWALancasterPA
Gardner-WebbSoConBoiling SpringsNC
George MasonMACFairfaxVA
IllinoisBig TenChampaignIL
IndianaBig TenBloomingtonIN
IowaBig TenIowa CityIA
Iowa StateBig 12AmesIA
Kent StateMACKentOH
Little RockPAC-12Little RockAR
Lock HavenMACLock HavenPA
Long IslandEIWABrookvilleNY
MarylandBig TenCollege ParkMD
MichiganBig TenAnn ArborMI
Michigan StateBig TenEast LansingMI
MinnesotaBig TenMinneapolisMN
MissouriBig 12ColumbiaMO
NC StateACCRaleighNC
NebraskaBig TenLincolnNE
North CarolinaACCChapel HillNC
North Dakota StateBig 12FargoND
Northern ColoradoBig 12GreeleyCO
Northern IllinoisMACDekalbIL
Northern IowaBig 12Cedar FallsIA
NorthwesternBig TenEvanstonIL
Ohio StateBig TenColumbusOH
OklahomaBig 12NormanOK
Oklahoma StateBig 12StillwaterOK
Oregon StatePAC-12CorvallisOR
Penn StateBig TenUniversity ParkPA
PurdueBig TenWest LafayetteIN
RutgersBig TenNew BrunswickNJ
Sacred HeartEIWAFairfieldCT
SIU EdwardsvilleMACEdwardsvilleIL
South Dakota StateBig 12BrookingsSD
The CitadelSoConCharlestonSC
Utah ValleyBig 12OremUT
Virginia TechACCBlacksburgVA
West VirginiaBig 12MorgantownWV
WisconsinBig TenMadisonWI
WyomingBig 12LaramieWY

New D1 College Wrestling Programs

Over the past few years, six colleges have made jumps into Division I wrestling. These programs are:

  • Arkansas Little Rock (Added: 2019)
  • Presbyterian (Added: 2019)
  • Long Island University (Added: 2019)
  • Cal Baptist (Added: 2022)
  • Augustana (Added: 2022)
  • Morgan State University (Being Added: 2023-2024)

During the 2021 season, Little Rock competed in their first postseason and even sent Paul Bianchi, their first-ever qualifier, to the NCAA Championships.

Augustana and Cal Baptist will competed with a mixed D1 and D2 schedule in the 2021-2022 season then will compete in the NCAA postseason in following years.

In 2021 Morgan State University announced they would become the first and only HBCU to offer D1 wrestling. After a 24-year hiatus, they revived the program with a $2.7 million donation.

In 2022 Cal Baptist was officially approved for D1 Membership status, meaning the Lancers could finally compete in the NCAA postseason.

Dropped College Wrestling Programs

Even with NCAA wrestling gaining more attention than ever before, schools are still deciding to drop programs.

In 2020 Stanford announced its decision to drop its program. Thankfully, with the help of Shane Griffith winning his NCAA Championship at 165 lbs and the school fighting like hell, they saved Stanford Wrestling.

Unfortunately, other schools weren’t so lucky. Below are a few of the programs that have been discontinued in recent years.

  • Grand Canyon (Dropped in 2016)
  • Boise State (Dropped in 2017)
  • Eastern Michigan (Dropped in 2018)
  • Old Dominion (Dropped in 2020)
  • Fresno State (Dropped in 2021)

Hopefully in the years to come we will see more programs added to the above list of D1 wrestling teams.

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