Interesting debate but I don't think this is all that important when you put it into perspective. I think there are a lot of other issues college athletes and wrestlers in particular face. The biggest of them is time and academics. Wrestling takes so much time that taking on challenging majors, adding a minor, or double majoring become impossible for most. Making honor rolls is also very difficult - let alone other extracurriculars or having a good social life. I would be interested to see how many wrestlers get into graduate programs or well-paying jobs after college; I would bet its pretty low. A lot of kids are also so focused on their sport and have so much practice and competition time that they always skip class, or can't study for a midterm because they are competing or just burnt out. Another factor is that many students can enter into colleges they otherwise would not be in and struggle with the coursework or take an easier major and end up with a degree that isn't that useful. Of course, there are many exceptions to this. At least from my own inquiries, when I ask kids on D1 teams about academics many will admit to frequently skipping class due to being exhausted or uninterested in school (with their main focus in life being their sport), and they will admit to having poor grades, and many of the coaches not caring as long as they remained eligible. Another interesting thing would be to see how many kids quit or even leave school because they can't handle school and wrestling. Many people might say those kids just aren't dedicated enough and need to make more sacrifices, which may be true but I think the problem is much more foundational. I think looking into limiting practice time and season length, limiting easier admissions for poor students who are great athletes, and raising academic standards for eligibility before we talk about redshirting. Hell, many athletes only take the bare minimum in credits per semester (12) because doing any more would be impossible, and they need five years to graduate anyway.