For those who follow college wrestling, there is no doubt that the best programs in the nation often reside in the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences. On Saturday morning, two powerhouse programs from those conferences will clash in a huge meet at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will hit the mats against the Oklahoma State Cowboys for “Grapple on the Gridiron” as they attempt to recapture the single-match attendance record currently held by the Penn State Nittany Lions.
The matches will begin at 11 a.m. ET, with hopes that the crowd can surpass 35,000.
Later in the day, the Iowa football team — which is ranked No. 5 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings — will take the field.
With the wrestling matches and football game set to take place in the same venue, the Hawkeyes are anticipating an incredible atmosphere at Kinnick Stadium from sun up to sun down.
“Nothing like this has ever been done, and I think it’s going to be a great environment for the people who are there,” Iowa center Austin Blythe said, via SI’s Campus Rush. ‘There’s going to be a ton of people — honestly, I wish I could be there watching the meet.”
With the meet taking place outside, there is some concern that it could effect the grapplers.
One prominent Hawkeye on the wrestling team does not believe that will be the case, however.
“Weather doesn’t matter—weather it’s 20 degrees or 70 degrees it doesn’t matter,” 125-pounder Thomas Gilman said. “When that cold air hits our lungs, we’re going to excel. I’m not so sure about those Oklahoma State guys.”
It’s going to be special for both Hawkeyes programs on Saturday, so you will want to stay tuned for photos and videos from the wild atmosphere.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to The Gazette