College wrestling earned $3.6 million for Oklahoma schools in 2016


Bacone College wrestling brought in $21,380 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Oklahoma that year, according to a Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The college's wrestling program brought in a total of $1,047,605 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.

Oklahoma's six schools with wrestling programs reported $3,638,740  in revenue in 2016.

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Oklahoma college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Bacone CollegeNAIA Division I93549$1,047,605$21,380
2Oklahoma City UniversityNAIA Division I1,62150$1,005,303$20,106
3Oklahoma State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS18,33040$634,374$15,859
4University of Central OklahomaNCAA Division II with football10,46644$443,173$10,072
5University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusNCAA Division I-FBS18,21837$334,905$9,051
6Northeastern Oklahoma A&M CollegeNJCAA Division I1,56954$173,380$3,211
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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