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MOUNT VERNON — There may not be a nationwide attendance record set like last year’s Grapple on the Gridiron between Iowa and Oklahoma State at Kinnick Stadium last year, but Cornell’s season-opening wrestling dual will be unique in its own right.
The Rams will host Simpson at Ash Park Stadium, the school’s football field, Thursday, Nov. 3. Oh, and it will be under the lights.
The dual is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
“We wanted to do something a little different and create more fan interest for our wrestling program,” Cornell Coach Mike Duroe said in a statement. “We want to put our guys on a big stage that will attract some attention. From my perspective, we have a great product to promote and our guys deserve an opportunity to wrestle in front of a big crowd.”
Along with the ISU-OSU dual, Cornell was inspired by meets it attended at Simpson and Millikin that were held in theatres.
“Ever since I’ve been here, we’ve talked about hosting a meet in (Cornell’s) King Chapel. But we just don’t have enough space,” Duroe said. “We decided to move the meet outdoors under the lights.”
Cornell wants a packed house for this event. It will be free to attend for area wrestling programs.
“I’d like to bill our meet as a challenge to all wrestling programs in the area to fill our stands on this night.”