This won’t be a surprise to anyone in Eastern Iowa, but more wrestling fans attended University of Iowa duals on average than any other college program last season.
According to an article on Amateur Wrestling News by Denny Diehl of Lehigh University Wrestling News, the Hawkeyes averaged a crowd of 8,764 in seven home duals for the 2012-13. Iowa attracted 61,350 fans, including 15,077 for its win over top-ranked Penn State in early February. The Hawkeyes are No. 1 for the seventh straight season.
Three-time Big Ten tournament champion and NCAA champion Penn State averaged more than 6,400 fans. It is the third straight year two schools averaged more than 6,000 fans per dual. The article states it is believed that is the first time in about 25 years, despite no specific data prior to 2000 is available.
Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota rounded out the top five.
Iowa State was sixth with a 2,455 average in five meets. The Cyclones had 12,277 fans attend duals in 2012-13. The dual against University of Northern Iowa drew a season-high crowd of 3,866 for Iowa State.
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