College wrestling earned nearly $8 million for Iowa schools in 2016


University of Iowa wrestling brought in $34,069 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Iowa 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 $1,226,496 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.

Iowa's 25 schools with wrestling programs reported $7,888,654  in revenue in 2016.

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Iowa college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of IowaNCAA Division I-FBS20,69036$1,226,496$34,069
2University of Northern IowaNCAA Division I-FCS9,11935$756,826$21,624
3William Penn UniversityNAIA Division I1,11115$288,723$19,248
4Upper Iowa UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,22431$570,240$18,395
5Luther CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,10731$535,708$17,281
6Northwestern CollegeNAIA Division II1,04123$317,510$13,805
7Briar Cliff UniversityNAIA Division II78834$448,555$13,193
8Grand View UniversityNAIA Division II1,64349$610,804$12,465
9Waldorf UniversityNAIA Division II1,41334$352,069$10,355
10Graceland University-LamoniNAIA Division II1,16619$192,551$10,134
11Morningside CollegeNAIA Division II1,29338$323,873$8,523
12Wartburg CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,43328$205,363$7,334
13Iowa Western

Community College

NJCAA Division I2,82629$209,135$7,212
14Coe CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,30532$206,691$6,459
15Loras CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,40028$166,117$5,933
16North Iowa Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,31726$149,432$5,747
17University of DubuqueNCAA Division III with football1,67941$214,766$5,238
18Simpson CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,37924$123,032$5,126
19Cornell CollegeNCAA Division III with football97339$194,222$4,980
20Buena Vista UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,52332$157,207$4,913
21Iowa Lakes Community CollegeNJCAA Division II98731$136,547$4,405
22Ellsworth Community CollegeNJCAA Division I59730$114,740$3,825
23Iowa Central Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,73244$153,977$3,499
24Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,17637$112,377$3,037
25Iowa State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS28,79145$121,693$2,704
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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