How Are Wrestling State Rankings Determined?

USA Wrestling and Wrestling USA Magazine both determine wrestling rankings based on success at wrestling tournaments, as of 2015. Wrestling ranking methods vary based on the organization, although tournament success is typically a key factor.

Two common types of wrestling rankings are individual rankings and school rankings. Individual rankings are the most common and rank wrestlers by weight class. School rankings rank schools according to each school's wrestling program results. Both national and international wrestling rankings are calculated. Age groups include cadet/junior, high school, college and seniors, although there are smaller age ranges within these groups.

While state wrestling rankings are uncommon, one method used to determine these rankings is a points system based on wrestler rankings across the United States. Each state gets a certain amount of points for any wrestlers it has ranked in the top 20 for their weight class. Higher rankings are worth more points. Using this ranking method, the organization can rate states either by point totals or point totals with population taken into account.

Not all wrestling tournaments factor into major wrestling organization rankings. For example, Wrestling USA Magazine uses accomplishments at state championships, prestigious regular season tournaments, junior national tournaments and a few additional major national tournaments when calculating its high school rankings.