23 Feb 2013

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  • 5 Things Wrestlers Can Do To Get Into College by Justin Ruiz

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    Here is a great article from my brother Justin’s blog. Justin is an assitant wrestling coach at UVU in Orem, Utah. This is great advice for any wrestling that wants to wrestle in college.

    5 Things Wrestlers Can Do To Get Into College
    By Justin Ruiz

    When I was a young wrestler, I really wanted to earn a wrestling scholarship at a big university. I remember when I started getting letters from schools that I was so excited. I
    knew that I wanted to wrestle in college, but I really had no idea where I would
    end up. However, there were a lot of things that I didn’t know. I didn’t know
    that college coaches couldn’t start calling me until July 1st after my junior
    year, I didn’t know that I could take 5 official visits to colleges, and I
    didn’t know anything about recruiting rules or how I could help sell myself to
    college wrestling programs. To put it bluntly, I didn’t know much of anything.
    So now as a college coach, I know a lot more about what college coaches are
    looking for and what an athlete should do to get noticed. Here are 5 things that
    I think would have helped me during my recruiting process, and hopefully they
    can be helpful to others too.
    1. Get good grades. There is nothing more disheartening than finding an athlete with a great work ethic, great wrestling skills, and a good attitude only to find out that he has horrible
    grades. The NCAA has set certain standards that must be met in order for a
    student to participate in NCAA division 1 athletics. If the student hasn’t
    fulfilled all of the academic requirements to participate at the D1 level, then
    the coach’s hands will be tied when it comes to recruiting an athlete. I am not
    saying that every wrestler needs to have a 4.0 gpa, but it also doesn’t hurt.
    There are many universities that will give scholarships to students who get good
    grades. You might as well do your best to qualify for one of them.

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