College wrestling earned $1.5 million for Arkansas schools in 2016


Lyon College wrestling brought in $20,013 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Arkansas 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 $540,341 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.

Arkansas' six schools with wrestling programs reported $1,554,454  in revenue in 2016.

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Arkansas college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Lyon CollegeNAIA Division I67827$540,341$20,013
2Central Baptist CollegeNAIA Division I63114$191,881$13,706
3Williams Baptist CollegeNAIA Division I42331$404,507$13,049
4Ouachita Baptist UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,46128$267,250$9,545
5University of the OzarksNCAA Division III without football66731$127,899$4,126
6Arkansas Baptist CollegeNJCAA Division II7536$22,576$3,763
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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