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Coralville set to host USA Wrestling Senior Nationals

First major senior-level event will be Oct. 9-11

Wrestlers compete during the first session of the 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Trials Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Carver-H
Wrestlers compete during the first session of the 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Trials Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. (The Gazette)

CORALVILLE — Eastern Iowa has played host to some of amateur wrestling’s major events.

NCAA tournaments, USA Wrestling’s Olympic Team Trials and United World Wrestling’s World Cup have been held at University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Attendance records have been shattered here, including the 42,287 that watched Iowa wrestle Oklahoma State at Kinnick Stadium in 2015.

It just seemed fitting that USAW selected the new Xtream Arena and GreenState Family Fieldhouse as the site for its first major senior-level competition since the 2020 national schedule was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAW’s Senior Nationals tournament, which includes the nation’s top wrestlers in men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, will be held Oct. 9-11.

“USA Wrestling is very excited to again partner with Think Iowa City on another one of our country’s significant wrestling competitions,” USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender said in a news release. “With their long history of staging some of our sport’s best wrestling events, we are confident that the Senior Nationals will be another one of those awesome experiences for our sport. Obviously, we will work closely with the local organizing committee, the local public health officials and others to insure athlete safety is paramount. We are hopeful that this will be a milestone for our sport as we battle back from this worldwide pandemic.”

According to a news release, the event will be conducted following the requirements of the state and local health authorities, as well as using the safety provisions of the USA Wrestling Return to Events Guidelines. Members of the local organizing committee will remain in contact with Johnson County Public Health and UIHC. Officials will monitor the “data and local trends, leading up to the event.”

Iowa City also hosted the 1975, 1977 and 1978 Greco-Roman Senior Nationals. In addition to the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, the home of Iowa wrestling held the 1983 World Team Trials. The last major event was the 2018 World Cup.

“We are excited to once again welcome back our friends at USA Wrestling, Think Iowa City President Josh Schamberger said. “Our community has been recognized many times over as Wrestling City USA and we aim to keep it that way by helping USA Wrestling deliver another memorable event.”

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The 5,100-seat arena will open in September. Tickets will be available at xtreamarena.com, starting at noon on Aug. 3. All-session tickets for adults are $45 and just $25 for youth. Single-day tickets for Adults are $35 and $15 for youth. Coaches with a USAW Leader Membership can purchase all-session tickets for $20.

The final schedule will be announced next week.

“Senior Nationals will be one of the very first major events we are looking forward to hosting in Xtream Arena,” Coralville Mayor John Lundell said. “Our athletes and coaches will know this location well as it is within 100 yards of the hotel they have used during the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Team Trials and 2018 UWW Freestyle World Cup. I look forward to welcoming them all to Coralville this October.”

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