I'm not sure what Matt Fury's exact situation was but almost nobody would transfer out of a D1 school for a D2 school if they were a starter. A transfer would basically happen if they couldn't crack the starting line up, had bad grades or something along those lines.
Originally Posted by jonbroster
And just a correction but, All American is top 8 finish, not top 10.
There's actually 5 divisions.
Originally Posted by jayman2606
NAIA (Bobby Lashley)
CC (Community College) (Cain Velasquez, Rampage, Matyushenko)
Usually what happens is if someone wins their division in their fresh, soph or junior year they transfer to a D1 school from D2/D3/NAIA/CC.
Alot of times if somebody doesn't have good grades they go the CC route and improve their grades.
That's the current way to move up to D1.
In the 70s and before, my understanding is that you could actually compete in the D1 championship if you qualified even if you were a D2 wrestler. So you could be D1 and D2 champion because the D2 tournament was before the D1 tournament. So some D2 wrestlers were able to become D1 champion.