Iowa Wrestling Is The Hottest Ticket In Town

By RossWB on November 5, 2021 at 12:11 pm
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The champs are in Iowa City and it turns out the people really want to see the champs. Iowa wrestling's 2021-22 season doesn't even get underway for another two weeks (11/19 vs Princeton, 7 PM CT), but if you were thinking about getting season tickets to watch this year's team, well, I have some bad news for you: 

As you all know, Carver-Hawkeye Arena is not exactly a small arena -- it seats over 15,000 fans. And Iowa doesn't use any gimmicks to limit capacity at CHA for wrestling, either -- if they can sell every seat, they'll sell every seat. And, uh, they've pretty much done just that now. 

In addition to season tickets, two duals -- against Minnesota (1/7, 8 PM CT) and Penn State (1/28, 8 PM CT) -- are also sold out. Other dual meets have only a limited number of tickets remaining. 

Suffice to say there is a lot of demand to see Iowa wrestling in action this winter. The intense demand for tickets seems like the confluence of several factors. One, this team is a bona fide winner, bringing home the last two Big Ten championships and last year's NCAA championship, the program's first since 2010. Two, that team that won it all last year? Yeah, they're bringing everyone back this year, so there should be a very, very, very good team on the mat this season. Three, Iowa is running it back this year -- but it's also the last dance for this this collection of talent, as eight of Iowa's projected starters are seniors. This will be your last chance to see Spencer Lee, Austin DeSanto, Jaydin Eierman, Kaleb Young, Alex Marinelli, and Michael Kemerer in black and gold singlets. (Max Murin and Jacob Warner are also seniors, but I believe they both have COVID years still available to them if they want to use them.) And, finally, there's a lot of pent-up demand to watch Iowa wrestling this year because hardly anyone was able to see them in action last year. Attendance was strictly limited at B1G duals last year -- and Iowa wrestled an even-more-abbreviated version of the already-shortened schedule that was planned due to COVID cancellations. Iowa fans have been waiting two years to watch Iowa wrestling in-person and cheer for takedowns and yell for stalling. They only have to wait a few more weeks now. 

If you didn't get tickets for Iowa wrestling yet, don't fret -- you'll still be able to watch a lot of Iowa wrestling action on TV. Seven of Iowa's eight Big Ten dual meets are currently scheduled to air on regular BTN, including the hotly-anticipated showdowns with Penn State, Ohio State, and Minnesota. Get ready, friends: it's almost TAKEDOWN SZN. 

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