How Fat are High School Wrestlers?

We looked at various data from the weight certification process conducted by state high school wrestling associations during the 2016-17 season.  For the 226,000 wrestlers in the database, average fat percentage at certification was 16.9%, up slightly from 16.6% in the previous year.

By grade, fat percentage at certification dips for eight graders then trends back up and levels off in 10th grade.

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By minimum weight class, average fat percentage looks very similar to the last two seasons.

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Lastly, a look at fat percentage at certification by state.

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New Mexico sure has some lean wrestlers! Note that the two states with the highest fat percentage at certification -- Oklahoma and Texas -- are the same two states that added the most wrestlers from 2010-11 to 2015-16.  Hmmm.

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