College wrestling earned $2.1 million for Tennessee schools in 2016


University of Tennessee-Chattanooga wrestling brought in $37,946 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Tennessee 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 $910,708 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.

Tennessee's three schools with wrestling programs reported $2,132,444  in revenue in 2016.

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Tennessee college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaNCAA Division I-FCS8,86824$910,708$37,946
2Cumberland UniversityNAIA Division I1,26523$499,504$21,718
3King UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,11947$722,232$15,367
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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