List of NCAA Division I wrestling programs
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. This list reflects each team's conference affiliation as of the 2021–22 season.
- 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.
- 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. 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. 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.
Current Division I schools
- 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.
- 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.
|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|
|Bellarmine University||Louisville||Kentucky||Knights||Southern Conference||ASUN Conference||–||July 2024|
Map of Division I men's wrestling programs
- Collegiate wrestling
- List of NCAA Division II wrestling programs
- List of NCAA Divisions II and III schools competing in NCAA Division I sports
- "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". NCAA.org. Archived from the original on March 8, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
- "MAC Announces Historic Wrestling Expansion". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
- "Fresno State Athletics Announces Program Changes" (Press release). Fresno State Bulldogs. October 16, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
- "CBU Wrestling Accepts Conditional Membership Status from Big 12 Conference" (Press release). California Baptist Lancers. February 16, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
- "Mizzou Wrestling Program Returns To Big 12 Conference". University of Missouri Athletics. April 22, 2021. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "Division I Wrestling Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Wrestling Championship Records/Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Division III Wrestling Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Division II Wrestling Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Cal Baptist moving to NCAA Division I". The Press-Enterprise & Digital First Media. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- "ASUN Conference Announces Addition of Bellarmine University" (Press release). ASUN Conference. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.