High School Wrestling

This Year’s Numbers are Out! Is HS Wrestling Still Losing Participants?


The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released their annual High School Athletics Participation Survey data for 2016-17. As you may recall, last month it was reported that the National Wrestling Coaches Association had assembled a Blue Ribbon Task Force to address declining participation in high school wrestling. At that time, we looked at the numbers to see what conclusions we could draw and also proposed a few ways forward to help solve the problem. Now that the latest data has been released, let's circle back and see if the trends largely observed in 2014-15 and 2015-16, of lower wrestling participation overall and average roster sizes declining at an alarming rate, have continued to develop.

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