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

    With me, I'm a NHSCA National Open Champ, and ranked 23rd in the nation
    along with 2 other wrestlers in my school ranked in the nation, so I'll have plenty
    of scouts at my tournaments and whatnot to look at all three of us.
    As a college scout, wouldn't you love the opportunity to watch THREE nationally ranked
    wrestlers all at the same time?
    I guess I'm pretty lucky xD
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    Yeah you bet, that'll help!
    What you don't want to do though is wait for the coaches to come to you because I promise you'll be dissapointed. You really need to be proactive, identify schools you'd be interested in, work on the clearinghouse (can't stress this enough if your a D1 or D2 talent), grades are HUGE and as I mentioned in an earlier posts--fill out the questioneers (great way to let coaches know your out there and searching).
    Wrestling definately isn't like football, "full rides" are rare and the money is typically spread out throughout the top 15 or so in the room.
    Once Coaches call or request information be prepared to send "tapes" and an maybe even an athletic resume to show what you've accomplished. Most if not all coaches will want you to fill out their schools application, send transcripts and complete the FAFSA before they ever talk about scholarships offers.
    Visit schools, try to identify your academic interest (make sure they offer it or something similar) and keep all your options open.
    I believe the best advise I offered my 2 sons was don't get so wrapped up on "I want to wrestle D1 or I want to play football here" etc......Being a D2 All-American can be just as rewarding as wrestling on a lessor D1 OR being a NAIA National Champion and attending a smaller school with a 20-1 student to teacher ratio may be the right answer. Eveyrone has their opinion but it needs to be what's best for you and most importantly your future after wrestling.

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    Yup, thanks man.
    I pretty much got that all covered. I've sent in about 20 questionaires to coaches
    either by their request or mine. I'm doing the clearinghouse thing as soon as I fix my computer
    because it's not allowing me to do it right now. I also already have a highlight tape
    that I'm just going to add on to this year.
    Also, it's always a great idea to talk to some NAIA, D3, D2 schools and get some scholarship
    offers and then report those back to the D1 schools so they will be forced to offer you
    something equal or better.
    Worst case scenario, I'll go wrestle for the Naval Academy or Hofstra
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhs189 View Post
    Worst case scenario, I'll go wrestle for the Naval Academy or Hofstra
    Getting an appointment to any of the service academies isn't the worst case!

    One thing to keep in mind about offers is that there are limited dollars and a coach can't have a lot of his money tied up at one weight. Sometimes it is just an issue of timing. However, judging by your screen name it looks like you are an upper weight. And good upper weights are tough to come by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhs189 View Post
    Worst case scenario, I'll go wrestle for the Naval Academy or Hofstra
    If that's your worst case scenario, you're set: two great places for two different reasons. I like your confidence and bravado, but tell us where you really end up.

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    I'm not saying it would be bad. That's what I'm trying to get at.
    I would like to go D1 A, and from the looks of it, I'll probably end up at
    Cornell, UVA, VT or ODU. However, if the best D1 A school I get an offer from
    isn't ranked or isn't that prestigious like let's say south carolina...
    or west virginia, I'll probably greatly considering dropping to AA with Hofstra or
    applying for the naval academy. But don't get me wrong, I don't think they're bad programs.
    "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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    and yes, I am a 189 pounder and plan on going 215 my senior year and 197 in college
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by mhs189 View Post
    I'm not saying it would be bad. That's what I'm trying to get at.
    I would like to go D1 A, and from the looks of it, I'll probably end up at
    Cornell, UVA, VT or ODU. However, if the best D1 A school I get an offer from
    isn't ranked or isn't that prestigious like let's say south carolina...
    or west virginia, I'll probably greatly considering dropping to AA with Hofstra or
    applying for the naval academy. But don't get me wrong, I don't think they're bad programs.
    Are you looking at football or wrestling?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhs189 View Post
    I'm not saying it would be bad. That's what I'm trying to get at.
    I would like to go D1 A, and from the looks of it, I'll probably end up at
    Cornell, UVA, VT or ODU. However, if the best D1 A school I get an offer from
    isn't ranked or isn't that prestigious like let's say south carolina...
    or west virginia, I'll probably greatly considering dropping to AA with Hofstra or
    applying for the naval academy. But don't get me wrong, I don't think they're bad programs.

    Go to VT, coach Dresser is the man. But any of those schools (minus the naval crap) is golden either way in my opinion.

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