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Take It Outside

By Staff | Aug 11, 2015

At some point, everyone has heard the expression, “Take it outside…” Now, depending on the situation, that simple phrase can have some interesting meaning.

In my younger more adventure-filled days, that phrase, when uttered in a social establishment, usually mean there was going to be some action out in the parking lot that might we interesting to observe, unless of course, you were on one end or the other of those three little words.

Of course, there are plenty of homes where mothers of all ages have uttered that phrase to a house full of kids who have been able to single-handedly destroy the house in a normal morning or afternoon of youthful activity.

But now, “Take it Outside”?is going to elevate the state of Iowa, and more specifically the University of Iowa, to a whole new level. To be more specific, the University of Iowa’s wrestling program is going to do something not done before at the collegiate level – Coach Tom Brands and the Hawkeyes are going to wrestle Oklahoma State outdoors, on the floor of Kinnick Stadium, on Saturday, November 14.

“Ho-hum, that’s nice,”?you’re thinking. “How about a donut?”

Excuse me, but look at that again – wrestling outdoors at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on November 14. Crisp, Fall air, leaves turning colors, just a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. Not what you’d think of as prime time for an outdoor wrestling meet.

But, why not wrestle outdoors? The Outdoor Classic is played yearly in the National Hockey League, if you recall, a game where a hockey rink is built on a baseball field and usually played with snow falling. I’ve watched it on TV a couple times and it is a neat thing to watch.

But back to wrestling outdoors. There’s got to be another reason, and you’re right. There is. Think about this.

For years, Iowa’s Hawkeyes have been among the nation’s leaders in attendance at wrestling meets, most specifically, those held in the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the University campus.

For example, in 2008, Iowa’s Hawkeye wrestlers attracted 15,955 fans into Carver-Hawkeye to witness a 20-15 win over in-state rival Iowa State. That set a record for attendance that the Golden Gophers of Minnesota had earned in 2002 when Iowa wrestled up in Williams Arena.

That NCAA?attendance record of 15,955 stood for five years until Penn State drew some 15,996 fans (just 41 more people) for a dual against Pittsburgh.

Coach Tom Brands and the Iowa wrestlers figure two years is long enough to not hold a record. That is the basic reason for setting up the first-ever outdoor wrestling meet against old foes Oklahoma State.

According to information released by Hawkeye wrestling on Twitter, the “Grapple on the Gridiron” will get underway at 11 a.m. on November 14 in Kinnick Stadium. Andy by the way, that’s also the same day that the Golden Gophers of Minnesota journey down to Kinnick to play for Floyd of Rosedale that evening.

As far as tickets for the event, the first 15,000 tickets sold will have reserved seating at Carver-Hawkeye Arena if weather dictates moving the dual meet indoors. All tickets purchased after the first 15,000 are sold will be redeemable for an adult admission ticket to any other home dual on the Hawkeyes’ 2015-16 schedule. The Administration and the head coaches of both teams will make the decision on whether to move the dual indoors.

Let’s hope for a mild Fall!