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    Quote Originally Posted by WrestlingTerp View Post
    You have to be registered with the Clearinghouse if you want to compete in the NCAA as a freshman. Not 100% if that applies to Div III.

    You also have to have the FAFSA forms filled out to get any kind of merit or need-based scholarship. I think we had to have them completed by about January of our daughter's senior year this year.
    Woah, the scholarship part is important, I had forgotten to mention that before. Thanks. And does your daughter do wrestling or is she involved in another sport going through the same process?


    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    Div 2 is no joke -as you will soon find out -all the guys who couldn't get a ride for whatever reason usually stay close to home and wrestle Div 2 -e-mail the coach and tell him you are interested and he will help you get through the process .Even if it is only sending you the required forms -that saves you a ton of leg work-if you are attending a larger school -such as IU , I suggest just wrestling intramurals -very competitive and you will be facing state champions and people like me -who could not maintain an academic ride while training for the big 10 .
    My last match at IU i left a trail of vomit across assembly Hall as I lost in 3 OT's against a freshman -kinda epitomizes my wrestling career .
    Yeah man I believe you, but I just need the experience. What seems to be the only thing I have heard about actually competing in college wrestling is that it is very difficult. And nice little story at the end

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    Let me break it down for you;
    D1=all the 4x, 3x, 2x state champions. All the 4x, 3x, 2x national prep champs. All the senior nationals champs, all the nhsca 3x, 2x champions. Some one time state and natl prep champs.
    D2=some 1x state champions, 4x, 3x state placers. 2x, 1x state runners-up. National prep 1x champs sometimes. national prep 4x, 3x placers. nhsca 1x champs, nhsca runners up.
    D3=state placers, sometimes 2x and 3x, but they rarely placed any higher than like 3rd at states. sometimes you'll find state champions in D3 because their grades weren't high enough.
    NAIA=everyone else. You still might find some state champions with bad grades, I even knew one that went NAIA because he had a 2.0 with a 700 SAT.

    Look at Oklahoma City University if you're anywhere near there. Good college without extremely high expectations.
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    Default Re: How would I be able to wrestle at D2 level?

    Wrestling scholarships are hard to come by. Coaches divide up the scholarships between many wrestlers, so athletes still have to come up with money for school.

    mhs's quick breakdown above sounds about right. Wrestling scholarships require serious achievement on the mat. But whatever your situation, better grades make you a better prospect.

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    Default Re: How would I be able to wrestle at D2 level?

    maybe junior college for two years first. a lot of juco transfers get to D1 programs and do great.
    but then again, i may be retarded

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhs189 View Post
    Let me break it down for you;

    NAIA=everyone else. You still might find some state champions with bad grades, I even knew one that went NAIA because he had a 2.0 with a 700 SAT.
    Look at Oklahoma City University if you're anywhere near there. Good college without extremely high expectations.

    Plenty of state champs (usually from sub-par states) go NAIA. University of Cumberlands is full of them.

    Ego_Fortis,
    First Decide if you want to stay in state or go out of state. Go to website of all the Division 2,3 and NAIA schools that have wrestling teams in the State you want to go to school in. Get the coaches email and write to him explaining what you have accomplished and what you plan on accomplishing. On the schools website (on the wrestling page) there will also be a "athletic questionairre" form you can fill out. These 2 things (email & questionare) will get your foot in the door.

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    Good luck to you, D-2, D-3 and JUCO are extremly tough. I went to the Juco nationals last year and there was some D-1 calibur kids wrestling there so be prepared for some mad skills at the d-2 level. I would think very few good wrestlers in highschool take it to the next level so it could get ugly at times for you. Juggling the books and wrestling is not for everybody. I say Go for it! You will have state Champions in your room so you may feel overwhelmed by the talent you will face. The flip side to that coin is you will never know unless you try! Good luck

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    My daughter played lacrosse for one of the top HS teams in the country bu had no interest in playing collegiately. It was clear she wasn't a top prospect and I've been around college athletics for over 30 years. There are more women's lax opportunities than for men's wrestling, courtesy of title ix.

    But a 4.61 weighted GPA, great SATs, and a slew of AP exams gave her other options. She received a nice fellowship offer that brought the cost of a great private school close to the cost of a state school.
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    mhs189 hit it pretty close. I think it's important to have realistic goals and expectations of where you fall into the grand sceme of things. Obviously someone with limited success will never even get to sniff the room at a D1 or even a D2 BUT there are plenty of NAIA's that offer decent scholarships, great facilities and a heck of an opportunity to extend your wrestling career! Check out all the schools you may be interested in, submit the wrestling questioneers on their websites and work hard to finish off your high school career.
    In my opinion, there is more $$$ available than most people realize especially if your grades are in order and your open to private schools within the NAIA.
    JUCO's...there's another great opportunity, yes there are a handful that are pretty heavy with D1 or D2 talent who didn't have the grades to get through the clearinghouse but that's not the case at all.

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    Default Re: How would I be able to wrestle at D2 level?

    If you're out in the Midwest, take a look at Oklahoma City University.
    It's a good NAIA school with a beautiful campus and great facility.
    "It ain't about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving foward, how much you can take and keep moving foward. That's how winning is done!"

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