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    Thursday, January 3, 2008



    Big crowd expected for Iowa, OSU dual

    No. 1 Hawkeyes to host No. 6 Cowboys




    By Andy Hamilton
    Iowa City Press-Citizen


    Iowa officials marketed Oklahoma State's last trip to Carver-Hawkeye Arena as a showdown between the two most storied programs in college wrestling and advertised it as an opportunity to break the NCAA attendance record for a dual meet.

    The bid for the record failed miserably. The turnout of 8,157 barely made it halfway to the NCAA mark Minnesota established in 2002 when it crammed 15,646 into the Target Center when the Gophers wrestled the Hawkeyes in Minneapolis.

    Iowa officials haven't been talking about breaking attendance records this week, but the Hawkeyes might end up with one of the top crowds in arena history Saturday night when the Cowboys come back to town.

    "I'd say we'll be close to a sellout," Iowa ticket manager Pam Finke said. "The weather will play into it. I don't know what the forecast is, but that'll be the one thing that holds us back -- the weather."

    Finke said about 8,000 tickets had been sold as of Wednesday afternoon, but the Hawkeyes are banking on a big turnout at the ticket window Saturday night before the 7 p.m. meeting between top-ranked Iowa and the No. 6 Cowboys.

    The Hawkeyes have packed more than 13,000 into Carver-Hawkeye Arena seven times for home dual meets, most recently last season when 13,732 turned out for Iowa's 24-6 win against Iowa State. Iowa's home attendance record of 15,291 has been around since 1992 when Tom Brands, now the head coach of the Hawkeyes, was a senior at Iowa.

    The Hawkeyes haven't beaten Oklahoma State since their last national championship squad posted a 20-14 victory over the Cowboys on Feb. 4, 2000, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Oklahoma State has won the last eight meetings in the series, but the firepower Iowa sent to the mat during many of those duals doesn't match up with what the Hawkeyes have now.

    Iowa is coming off an impressive showing at the Midlands Championships, where it set a tournament record with 185 points and had four individual champions. Finke said that performance has helped boost ticket sales this week.

    "We sold about 500 tickets (Wednesday)," she said. "We really want to encourage people to either come during the week and buy them so they have them in their hands or go online and do a print at home for them so they don't have to wait in line Saturday night.

    "Wrestling fans are notorious last-minute shoppers, and (the Midlands) was a great win. I know there's a lot of high school events going on and the weather isn't in our favor. We'd really like to sell it out, but we want people to come early."
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton




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    I looked at tickets online how close to the top is row 38?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobott View Post
    I looked at tickets online how close to the top is row 38?
    Row 42 is the top
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton




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    My co-worker (an ASU *and* an Iowa grad) has invited me to the OSU vs. IA dual. As an ISU fan, I am not sure what do to. First -- he's driving and will not accept gas money. Second -- free ticket for me. Third -- I get to see the enemy beat another enemy.

    As an ISU fan, do I go? Or, do I skip and just drink 2 Sam Adams and watch highlights come in over thewrestlingtalk.com??

    Chime in. I'm torn.

    P.S. He's a very charitable Iowa fan. Very supporting of ISU success, so long as it's not at the expense of Iowa, so I am safe in this instance. He's a football fanatic (has only missed 3 home games in 20-years), but he's a budding wrestling fan. I think I kind of need to go to bring another fan into the fold?

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    That's easy - go to the meet. Butts in seats do more for the healthy future of college wrestling than almost anything else.

    Besides - you can get 2 Sam Adams anywhere, but you can only get those ice cream cones in Carver. Offer to buy the ice cream - that'll just about equal the cost of the gas.
    Last edited by gg121and2; 01-04-2008 at 07:08 AM. Reason: grammar

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    Dang, as it turns out -- I can't go. I guess I'll be monitoring the board!

    As a neutral bystander, I am anxious to see these teams compete. I am calling for an Iowa victory based on them rolling an excellent Iowa State team and killing the Midlands. (With Perry, it could have been 23-10)

    Quote Originally Posted by gg121and2 View Post
    That's easy - go to the meet. Butts in seats do more for the healthy future of college wrestling than almost anything else.

    Besides - you can get 2 Sam Adams anywhere, but you can only get those ice cream cones in Carver. Offer to buy the ice cream - that'll just about equal the cost of the gas.

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    I know this sounds odd but altough I am an ISU fan I really do like the Iowa kids on Iowa. I root for them. Perry is another story, I think he is an OSU wrestler that wears black. Man I wish I had that freind. I would go but I am scared off by the seating. Carver is a great place to watch wrestling but the top rows I am not digging.
    Last edited by gobott; 01-05-2008 at 09:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobott View Post
    I know this sounds odd but altough I am an ISU fan I really do like the Iowa kids on Iowa. I route for them. Perry is another story, I think he is an OSU wrestler that wears black. Man I wish I had that freind. I would go but I am scared off by the seating. Carver is a great place to watch wrestling but the top rows I am not digging.
    C'mon!

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    What is the link for the station that carries the meet?

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