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    Electric!! Questions About Wrestling in College

    My situation:

    I am currently a high school senior looking to wrestle at the D1 level next year. I have loved the sport of wrestling ever since I started six years ago. Coming into my senior year I knew I did not have the national or state credentials that most recruited wrestlers have. Therefore, last fall I started the college application process with the intent that I would probably not wrestle in college. Out of the 10 schools I applied to only one of them had a wrestling team (University of Michigan). My goal for my senior year was to place at the California State Championships. I fell short and went 3-2 (losing in the round of 16). I'm not trying to make excuses but I was dealing with some pretty serious family problems and getting over some injuries as well. On a better day I think I would have been a great candidate to place. Although I know that California is a pretty competitive state in high school wrestling, a 3-2 mark doesn't hold well against multiple time state placers and champs from other states (which is what I believe most D1 college wrestlers did in high school). Now that my high school career is over and I have had a few weeks off from wrestling, I am having a sudden change of heart and would like to continue wrestling at the next level. A couple weeks ago I received my acceptance letter to the University of Michigan, one of my top schools. I sent an email to the head coach describing my current situation about two weeks ago. I never got a response (which is completely understandable with the Big Tens and the NCAA Championships just happening). The problem is that I have to decide what school I am going to attend by May 1st. Since out of state tuition can be very expensive (50k+ a year), I would probably only go to Michigan if I had an opportunity to walk on to the wrestling team.

    A few things about myself: I am a great student (4.0+gpa, great test scores) so I would not have any problems with eligibility. I am an extremely hard worker and I love wrestling. I plan to spend the next 5 months training hard to get ready for college wrestling.

    I was wondering if anyone here could answer a few questions I had about D1 college wrestling (or more specifically Michigan's wrestling team). I know Michigan is in the Big Ten and has a very good wrestling program filled with great athletes but would the coach let someone like me (a mediocre high wrestler) try out for there team? Could someone explain the process of "walking on" and how exactly it works? Would I have to have prior contact with the coach and possibly start wrestling with the team over the summer? Or would I just start attending the school and show up to practice? Are there designated try outs? Also does anyone know what the best way to get a hold of the coaches at Michigan would be? As you can see I have very little knowledge on this subject and any information to clarify would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your time

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    I know of a couple guys on this board who walked on at D1 schools and could provide you with the actual process and what it would be like.

    I am only D3 so take a lot of what I am saying with a grain of salt. From my knowledge there isn't a coach alive who won't accept a walk on to see if they can handle the room, 3-2 at the Cali state championships is a lot more credentials then you realize. Ideally though looking at D2 schools would've been worth your time since I know plenty who would seek out a wrestler with that background. However we are looking at walking on at Michigan. The best way to contact a coach is usually through e-mail and they should get back to you eventually. I know from discussing it with wrestlers at schools such as Oklahoma State, Indiana, West Point, and Virginia Tech that walk ons come out every year, sometimes numbering into the high teen's or low 20's. You definitely have to get into contact with the coach at some point since I doubt they want kids just wondering into the practice room asking to join on. D1 is no joke and it is basically devoting your life to the sport so working out over the summer and finding some good guys to train with is paramount. I am pretty sure Michigan is an RTC but that is the extant of my knowledge concerning summer wrestling over there.
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    Thanks for the response. What exactly is an "RTC"?

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    ToughWrestler, I wrestled at a small college back before your parents were born, so I don't have much information about today's college situation, but I do have some life experience. One piece of advice I will give you is that with your academic credentials, it would be a mistake to give up a good educational opportunity because of wrestling. If you compete in college at any level, your career will probably be over in four years. While the experience will be a valuable one and you will gain much from it, your education will stay with you for a lifetime and will have a greater impact on the rest of your life. That said, FalconWrestlingKY's advice is very good. Once you have chosen the school which will give you the best education, it won't be hard to find opportunities to continue wrestling. Even if your college doesn't have a wrestling team, you could start an intramural program there, you could be a volunteer coach at a local high school (as I have done), you could join a freestyle club, etc. etc. Best of luck next year. You sound like a guy who will be successful at whatever you do.
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    Tough, check your messages.

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

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    You should probably start by registering yourself with the team here....

    http://college.jumpforward.com/quest...304&sportid=25

    There's plenty of space to comment about your interest in a walking on tryout.

    Also, talk to the AD at your school. You need to fill out NCAA clearinghouse paper work if you haven't already.

    Also, UM has a pretty good club wrestling team, a great venue for continuing your interest in the sport. UM is top notch education and probably a main reason for your interest in applying. Whether you wrestle or not you will love attending and damn, those Saturday afternoons in the Big House are unforgettable.

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    Dang I almost completely forgot about Clearinghouse, that was long and annoying
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