IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa wrestler Brandon Sorensen feels confident the die-hard wrestling fans will show up in November for his team’s meet against Oklahoma State at Kinnick Stadium. He’s hoping he and his mates can grown their following.
Hawkeye football plays host to Minnesota the night after the meet. Folks will sure to be tailgating outside the venue.
"It might attract some football fans that might want to come and learn about the sport and bring in more people," said Sorensen, a sophomore who finished 4th in the NCAAs at 149 pounds in March.
Iowa will be attempting to break the NCAA dual record set by Penn State and Pittsburgh (15,996) last year in State College.
"Just imaging the mat in the center (of Kinnick) and the fans, I was pretty fired up about it, especially against a team like Oklahoma State. They’re a tough team so it’s always a good dual. I’m excited to see how many people we get and hopefully we’ll shatter the record," said senior Nathan Burak, who finished seventh nationally last season at 197.
Iowa plans to reserve 25,400 seats plus 350 on the field for students. If tickets remain after that, they will be sold as general admission for the 11 a.m. meet.
Thomas Gilman, a junior who took fourth at the national meet a year ago wrestling at 125, could end up starting off the Kinnick meet. Oklahoma State as the visitor gets the choice of what weight to begin the dual.
"If they want to start with me, I’ll get this crowd fired up," he said.