With the cuts at the upper levels those kids that would have gone D1 or D2 are moving down to D3. While the numbers are going down I have to wonder about the quality. I would assume it would go up.
My son hopes to wrestle in college, and looking at schools for academic purposes it looks like D3 is the best route for him. He has been a district qualifier but he may never be a state placer or Qualifier. He is only a sophomore so there is still time but this is a reality we are looking at.
Many of the Schools he has started looking at do not participate in wrestling. Currently the NCAC for example does not offer it, except for Wabash which competes in the Mid-States wrestling conference . It is offered at some OAC schools but not all.