College wrestling earned over $870,000 for Montana schools in 2016


University of Great Falls wrestling brought in $22,722 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Montana 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 $658,941 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.

Montana's two schools with wrestling programs reported $872,247  in revenue in 2016.

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Montana college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of Great FallsNAIA Division I48429$658,941$22,722
2Montana State University-NorthernNAIA Division I89217$213,306$12,547
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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