In 2015-16 the following monies were distributed to schools in various conferences:
Southeastern Conference: 40.4 million (This did not include football bowl money)
Big 12: 23.4
Big 10: 32.4
Pac 12: 25.1
The rich truly do get richer. This is why I say that if the SEC ever decides to get back into sponsoring wrestling they will climb to the top of the national rankings very quickly. Money has a way of covering up mistakes made by programs. If a program is on a tight budget that can't afford to make a mistake and lose one of their top student athletes due to a transfer. Not only does a school need 9.9 wrestling scholarships but they also must have the following in place:
1. All student athletes that the coach designates will receive an out of state tuition waiver
2. Many schools offer minority students between 50% and 100% scholarships that would not count against wrestling money. This helps the school diversity program.
3. Some schools will work hard to give student athletes first priority with regards to the other various scholarships that they offer.
The SEC would go nowhere near the top of the rankings in wrestling. The Capitol One Cup calculates top NCAA athletic programs across all sports and more highly weighs popular sports, and in 2017 the SEC had 1 team in the top 10. And the one team in the top 10 was Alabama who doesn't make the top 10 without football. This year they have 2 of the top 30 halfway through the year. If you looked at the NACDA cup that values every sport the same, then Kentucky and Florida made the top 10 last year but Stanford has been champ of that for over 20 straight years. The bottom line is the football money is not helping the SEC much in existing non-revenue sports right now, so there is no reason to think it would help in a non-revenue sport where they have no history and no recruiting base.
Wrestling is largely a regional sport and the SEC is in the wrong region to win at anything approaching a high level.