How much does a college heavyweight wrestler actually weigh?
Nowadays, competitors must tip the scales somewhere between 197 and 285 pounds. (The official name of the weight class is 285.)
In the first three decades of NCAA wrestling championships, the top weight class was called unlimited… because there was no upper weight limit. At least one big man who won a title between 1928 and 1960 weighed approximately 300 pounds!
That said, most college heavyweight champs of that era weighed in at less than 245 pounds, with a good number coming in between 210 and 220.
In a separate photo-album, College Wrestling Examiner posted the actual weights of the NCAA Division I heavyweight champs since 2000. Now, let’s go old-school… and take a look at the best big men of college wrestling to see what they weighed back in the day.
To see the photos of the champs, how much they weighed, and other fun facts... What NCAA heavyweight champs actually weighed from 1928-1960 - National College wrestling | Examiner.com
In the photo: Oklahoma State's Dick Hutton (3x NCAA champ, 1947-48, 1950) had a 30-pound advantage over college rival Verne Gagne of Minnesota (1949 NCAA champ)