Iowa wrestling leads nation in average attendance
Hawkeyes average nearly 9,000 fans per home dual, while ISU and UNI are fourth and ninth
Attendance numbers for the top NCAA Division I wrestling programs are available, and it is not a surprise the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa are all in the top 10.
Iowa is first on the list, average 8,835 fans over seven home duals. The Hawkeyes' largest crowd was 13,747 against top-ranked and three-time NCAA champion Penn State in December. Iowa also drew an overall best 61,843. Even more impressive is the impact the Hawkeyes have had on attendance for other programs in the top 16. Iowa's average was the second-highest, trailing only the Hawkeyes 2011-12 season when they averaged 9,014 fans per dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa was the biggest draw for Iowa State, attracting 6,261 fans for a dual Dec. 1. The Hawkeyes helped produce the largest crowds for the No. 8 team on the list Nebraska (3,946), 11th Edinboro (3,129) and 13th Wisconsin 1,445.
The Cyclones were fourth in average. They were sixth overall, because of only four home duals. Iowa State had 13,021 fans this season.
UNI finished ninth with an average attendance of 1,766 at the small and intimate confines of the West Gym. The Panthers packed the smaller facility four times, selling it out with 2,060 fans at duals against Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa State and Purdue. UNI finished its dual season as the only undefeated Division I program, attracting a total of 12,363 to its seven home events.
According to the release from Iowa State, 13 of the top 16 ranked schools experienced an increase in attendance from last season.
DIVISION I ATTENDANCE LEADERS
|1||Iowa (7)||8835||61843||13747||Penn St|
|2||Penn State (8)||7646||61170||15996||Pittsburgh|
|3||Minnesota (5)||3462||17310||5603||Penn St|
|4||Iowa State (4)||3255||13021||6261||Iowa|
|5||Oklahoma State (8)||2713||21705||5135||Oklahoma|
|6||Ohio State (4)||2386||9544||4412||Michigan|
|7||Lehigh (7)||2290||16032||4773||Penn St|
|9||Northern Iowa (7)||1766||12363||2060||WI,MO,ISU,PU|
|12||Pittsburgh (7)||1044||7310||1921||Okla St|
|14||Oregon State (7)||1004||7028||2138||Minnesota|
|15||Michigan (8)||910||7281||1519||Mich St|
|16||Old Dominion (7)||819||5736||1489||Va Tech|