(Courtesy: Univ of Iowa)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa wrestling program opens the 2015-16 season hosting Oklahoma State in the “Grapple on the Gridiron” at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. (CT).
The Hawkeyes and Cowboys, with a combined 57 national titles (Iowa 23, OSU 34), aim to become the first NCAA wrestling teams to compete in a Division I football stadium in NCAA history and set a new NCAA dual meet attendance record. The dual is scheduled in advance of the Iowa football team’s game against Minnesota at 7 p.m. (BTN).
The “Grapple on the Gridiron” is included in the Iowa wrestling season ticket package, which is available for purchase at the UI Athletic Ticket Office, online at hawkeyesports.com, or over the phone at 1-800-IA-HAWKS. Season ticket holders have the first opportunity to purchase additional single tickets to “Grapple on the Gridiron.” General public tickets are available Oct. 1, 2015. Seating is reserved.
The first 15,000 tickets sold will have reserved seating at Carver-Hawkeye Arena should the dual move indoors. Tickets purchased after the first 15,000 will be redeemable for an adult admission ticket to any other home dual on the Hawkeyes’ 2015-16 schedule.
Beginning today, season ticket holders also have the first opportunity to purchase ticket packages to Carver-Hawkeye Arena postseason events, including the 2016 Big Ten Championships and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Iowa, the national attendance leader in each of the last nine seasons, is chasing the NCAA dual attendance record currently owned by Penn State (15,996). The Hawkeyes’ attendance record of 15,955 (Dec. 6, 2008 vs. Iowa State) stood for five years before the Nittany Lions broke the record against Pitt on Dec. 8, 2013.
Iowa’s remaining home schedule includes five Big Ten opponents, a nonconference dual against South Dakota State, the Iowa City Duals, and the Big Ten Championships. The conference tournament is March 5-6 on Mediacom Mat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Maryland headlines an Iowa City Duals lineup that includes Cornell College, Iowa Central CC, and Grand Canyon State. The Terps will make their first ever appearance in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 20.
The Big Ten home schedule includes duals against Rutgers (Dec. 10), Purdue (Jan. 22), Minnesota (Jan. 30), and Indiana (Feb.5). Conference road dates include trips to Illinois (Jan. 8), Northwestern (Jan. 10), Wisconsin (Jan. 16), and Nebraska (Jan. 24).
The Hawkeyes return to the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Illinois, on Dec. 29-30. The NCAA Championships are contested March 17-19 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
SCHEDULE NOTES: All start times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
2015-16 Iowa Wrestling Schedule
Nov. 14 (Saturday) Oklahoma State Iowa City, Iowa
Nov. 20 (Friday) Iowa City Duals Iowa City, Iowa
(Baker, Cornell, Iowa CC, Maryland)
Nov. 29 (Sunday) at Iowa State Ames, Iowa
Dec. 4 (Friday) South Dakota State Iowa City, Iowa
Dec. 10 (Thursday) Rutgers Iowa City, Iowa
Dec. 29 (Tuesday) at Midlands Evanston, Ill.
Dec. 30 (Wednesday) at Midlands Evanston, Ill.
Jan. 8 (Friday) at Illinois Champaign, Ill.
Jan. 10 (Sunday) at Northwestern Evanston, Ill.
Jan. 16 (Saturday) at Wisconsin Madison, Wis.
Jan. 22 (Friday) Purdue Iowa City, Iowa
Jan. 24 (Sunday) Nebraska Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 30 (Saturday) Minnesota Iowa City, Iowa
Feb. 5 (Friday) Indiana Iowa City, Iowa
Mar. 5 (Saturday) at Big Ten Championships Iowa City, Iowa
Mar. 6 (Sunday) at Big Ten Championships Iowa City, Iowa
Mar. 17 (Thursday) at NCAA Championships New York City
Mar. 18 (Friday) at NCAA Championships New York City
Mar. 19 (Saturday) at NCAA Championships New York City
*Home events in bold