College wrestling earned nearly $1.6 million for South Dakota schools in 2016


South Dakota State University wrestling brought in $19,836 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in South Dakota 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 $555,402 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.

South Dakota's four schools with wrestling programs reported $1,567,571  in revenue in 2016.

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South Dakota college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1South Dakota State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS8,44228$555,402$19,836
2Northern State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,31824$429,781$17,908
3Augustana UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,55335$437,001$12,486
4Dakota Wesleyan UniversityNAIA Division II66621$145,387$6,923
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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