List of NCAA Division I wrestling programs

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This is a list of men's collegiate wrestling programs in the United States that compete in NCAA Division I. For the 2021–22 NCAA Division I men's wrestling season, 78 schools in the United States sponsor Division I varsity men's wrestling.[1] This list reflects each team's conference affiliation as of the 2021–22 season.

Wrestling conferences[edit]

  • The Big Ten Conference (Big Ten) is the only all-sport conference whose members (14) all compete in wrestling.
  • The six wrestling schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) are all currently full members of the conference.
  • The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has eight affiliate members in addition to five full members after adding the seven members of the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) as new affiliates starting in the 2019–20 season.[2]
  • The Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12) has six wrestling members in 2019–20. It had operated with three full members plus two affiliates after the elimination of Boise State's program, but restored its wrestling membership to the six required for NCAA recognition by adding Little Rock as an associate member in 2019–20.
  • The Southern Conference (SoCon) with three full members meets the membership requirement by having six associate members, with the newest associate, Bellarmine (in transition from Division II), being the most recent addition in 2020–21.
  • The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) is a wrestling-only conference that had 16 members in the 2018–19 season, and added another member for 2019–20 and beyond. Six members are also full members of the Ivy League and compete for that conference's dual meet championship during the EIWA season. EIWA member Franklin & Marshall is the only Division III school competing in Division I wrestling. Joining for 2019–20 were the LIU Sharks, created by the merger of Long Island University's two athletic programs—the Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, which did not sponsor wrestling, and the Division II LIU Post Pioneers, which did. The former LIU Post wrestling program has continued to compete as the LIU Sharks.
  • The Big 12 Conference (Big 12) had lost its NCAA recognition when wrestling membership fell to only four full member schools, despite the fact that three of those four schools had won a combined 49 NCAA Division I wrestling team titles. On July 29, 2015, the Big 12 announced that the members of the Western Wrestling Conference (which had six members, but was not recognized by the NCAA) had been accepted as affiliate members of the Big 12, increasing the number of participating schools to ten and restoring the conference's automatic bids. The Big 12 has since added two more wrestling affiliates, though one of these, namely Fresno State, dropped the sport after the 2020–21 season.[3] California Baptist, assuming that it completes its ongoing transition from D-II on schedule in July 2022, will become a Big 12 wrestling member at that time.[4] Missouri, previously a full Big 12 member before moving to the Southeastern Conference, where it is currently the only school that sponsors wrestling, moved back to the conference as an affiliate in 2021-22 after spending the previous nine years as an affiliate member of the MAC.[5]

Current Division I schools[edit]

School Location State Nickname Conference Primary conference National titles[6]
American University Washington DC Eagles EIWA Patriot League 0
Appalachian State University Boone NC Mountaineers SoCon Sun Belt 0
Arizona State University Tempe AZ Sun Devils Pac-12 1 – 1988
Binghamton University Vestal NY Bearcats EIWA America East 0
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg PA Huskies MAC PSAC (Div. II) 0
(2 NAIA – 1960, 1965)[7]
Brown University Providence RI Bears EIWA Ivy League 0
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA Bison EIWA Patriot League 0
University at Buffalo Buffalo[A 1] NY Bulls MAC 0
(1 Div. III– 1978)[8]
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) San Luis Obispo CA Mustangs Pac-12 Big West 0
(8 Div II– 1966, 1968–74)[9]
California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield CA Roadrunners Pac-12 WAC
(Big West in 2020)
(8 Div. II – 1976-77, 1979–83, 1987)[9]
Campbell University Buies Creek NC Fighting Camels SoCon Big South 0
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI Chippewas MAC 0
The Citadel Charleston SC Bulldogs SoCon 0
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion PA Golden Eagles MAC PSAC (Div. II) 0
Cleveland State University Cleveland OH Vikings MAC Horizon League 0
Columbia University New York NY Lions EIWA Ivy League 0
Cornell University Ithaca NY Big Red EIWA Ivy League 0
Davidson College Davidson NC Wildcats SoCon Atlantic 10 0
Drexel University Philadelphia PA Dragons EIWA CAA 0
Duke University Durham NC Blue Devils ACC 0
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro PA Fighting Scots MAC PSAC (Div. II) 0
Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster PA Diplomats EIWA Centennial Conference (Div. III) 0
Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs NC Runnin' Bulldogs SoCon Big South 0
George Mason University Fairfax County VA Patriots MAC Atlantic 10 0
Harvard University Cambridge[A 2] MA Crimson EIWA Ivy League 0
Hofstra University Hempstead NY Pride EIWA CAA 0
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (Illinois) Champaign–Urbana IL Fighting Illini Big Ten 0
Indiana University Bloomington (Indiana) Bloomington IN Hoosiers Big Ten 1 – 1932
University of Iowa Iowa City IA Hawkeyes Big Ten 24 – 1975-76, 1978–86, 1991–93, 1995-2000, 2008–10, 2021
Iowa State University Ames IA Cyclones Big 12 8 – t-1933, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972–73, 1977, 1987
Kent State University Kent OH Golden Flashes MAC 0
Lehigh University Bethleham PA Mountain Hawks EIWA Patriot League 0
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock) Little Rock AR Trojans Pac-12 Sun Belt 0
Long Island University (LIU) Brookville NY Sharks EIWA NEC 0
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven PA Bald Eagles MAC PSAC (Div. II) 0
(4 NAIA – 1961, 1963, 1966–67)[7]
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland) College Park MD Terrapins Big Ten 0
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI Wolverines Big Ten 0
Michigan State University East Lansing MI Spartans Big Ten 1 – 1967
University of Minnesota Minneapolis and St. Paul MN Golden Gophers Big Ten 3 – 2001-02, 2007
University of Missouri Columbia MO Tigers Big 12 SEC 0
University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Nebraska) Lincoln NE Cornhuskers Big Ten 0
North Carolina State University (NC State) Raleigh NC Wolfpack ACC 0
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Chapel Hill NC Tar Heels ACC 0
North Dakota State University Fargo ND Bison Big 12 Summit League 0
(4 Div. II – 1988, 1998, 2000–01)[9]
University of Northern Colorado Greeley CO Bears Big 12 Big Sky 0
Northern Illinois University DeKalb IL Huskies MAC 0
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls IA Panthers Big 12 MVC 1 – 1950
(2 Div. II – 1975, 1978)[9]
Northwestern University Evanston IL Wildcats Big Ten 0
Ohio University Athens OH Bobcats MAC 0
The Ohio State University Columbus OH Buckeyes Big Ten 1 – 2015
University of Oklahoma Norman OK Sooners Big 12 7 – 1932.1951-52, 1957, 1960, 1964, 1974
Oklahoma State University–Stillwater (Oklahoma State) Stillwater OK Cowboys Big 12 34 – 1928-31, t-1933, 1934–42, 1946, 1948–49, 1954–56, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003–06
Oregon State University Corvallis OR Beavers Pac-12 0
University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Philadelphia PA Quakers EIWA Ivy League 0
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) University Park PA Nittany Lions Big Ten 9 – 1953, 2011–14, 2016–19
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA Panthers ACC 0
Presbyterian College Clinton SC Blue Hose SoCon Big South 0
Princeton University Princeton NJ Tigers EIWA Ivy League 0
Purdue University West Lafayette IN Boilermakers Big Ten 0
Rider University Lawrenceville NJ Broncs MAC MAAC 0
Rutgers University–New Brunswick (Rutgers) New Brunswick NJ Scarlet Knights Big Ten 0
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT Pioneers EIWA NEC 0
South Dakota State University Brookings SD Jackrabbits Big 12 Summit League 0
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIU Edwardsville or SIUE) Edwardsville IL Cougars MAC OVC 0
(3 Div. II – 1984-86)[9]
Stanford University Stanford CA Cardinal Pac-12 0
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga) Chattanooga TN Mocs SoCon 0
United States Air Force Academy (Air Force) Colorado Springs CO Falcons Big 12 Mountain West 0
United States Military Academy (Army) West Point NY Black Knights EIWA Patriot League 0
United States Naval Academy (Navy) Annapolis MD Midshipmen EIWA Patriot League 0
Utah Valley University Orem UT Wolverines Big 12 WAC 0
University of Virginia Charlottesville VA Cavaliers ACC 0
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Lexington VA Keydets SoCon 0
Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA Hokies ACC 0
West Virginia University Morgantown WV Mountaineers Big 12 0
University of Wisconsin–Madison (Wisconsin) Madison WI Badgers Big Ten 0
University of Wyoming Laramie WY Cowboys Big 12 Mountain West 0


  1. ^ The entire University at Buffalo has a Buffalo mailing address, but its athletic administration and almost all of its athletic facilities, including the wrestling venue, are in the adjacent town of Amherst.
  2. ^ Although the athletic department offices and most athletic facilities are within the Boston city limits and have a Boston mailing address, the wrestling venue is in Cambridge, also home to the university administration and its undergraduate campus.

In transition[edit]

School City State Nickname Conference Primary Conference National titles Full Membership
California Baptist University Riverside California Lancers Independent
(Big 12 in 2022)
Western Athletic Conference NCWA 2011, 2013 July 2022[10]
Bellarmine University Louisville Kentucky Knights Southern Conference ASUN Conference July 2024[11]

Map of Division I men's wrestling programs[edit]

All Division I men's wrestling programs during the 2020–21 season. Conferences (clockwise from northeast): purple pog: EIWA, cyan pog: ACC, black pog: SoCon, green pog: Big 12, red pog: Pac-12, blue marker: Big Ten, orange pog: MAC, white pog: Independent. Labels: 1: American, 2: Army, 3: Bloomsburg, 4: Bucknell, 5: Clarion, 6: Columbia, 7: Drexel, 8: Edinboro, 9: Franklin & Marshall, 10: George Mason, 11: Hofstra, 12: Lehigh, 13: Lock Haven, 14: LIU, 15: Penn, 16: Penn State.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". Archived from the original on March 8, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "MAC Announces Historic Wrestling Expansion". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Fresno State Athletics Announces Program Changes" (Press release). Fresno State Bulldogs. October 16, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "CBU Wrestling Accepts Conditional Membership Status from Big 12 Conference" (Press release). California Baptist Lancers. February 16, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "Mizzou Wrestling Program Returns To Big 12 Conference". University of Missouri Athletics. April 22, 2021. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  6. ^ "Division I Wrestling Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Wrestling Championship Records/Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "Division III Wrestling Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Division II Wrestling Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Cal Baptist moving to NCAA Division I". The Press-Enterprise & Digital First Media. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "ASUN Conference Announces Addition of Bellarmine University" (Press release). ASUN Conference. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.

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