On the cusp of the University of Iowa’s highly anticipated “Grapple on the Gridiron” event  scheduled tomorrow, it has been announced that Iowa City has been selected as wrestling’s “Olympic Hometown in America”  by the U.S. Olympic Committee and NBC. Iowa City’s long-standing wrestling culture will be highlighted in a series of videos that will be featured on TeamUSA.org, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s website, leading up to the 2016 Olympic games.

Coverage of the sport’s association with Iowa City will begin tonight during the pep rally on the Ped Mall in Downtown Iowa City, when video crews will be on hand to shoot footage and conduct interviews with wrestlers, wrestling fans, and coaches. Former Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable and members of the Iowa wrestling coaching staff are slated to appear at the pep rally as special guests.

The event begins at 5 p.m. near the Weatherdance Fountain Stage and is open to the public. The pep rally has been organized by the Johnson County I-Club to kick off one of Iowa City’s biggest- sports weekends ever: an Iowa men’s and women’s basketball double-header on Friday night,  followed by a wrestling dual and Hawkeye football on Saturday.

Grapple on the Gridiron gets underway at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, when Iowa wrestlers take on Oklahoma State. The match is expected to set NCAA attendance records for a college wrestling dual meet.

For more information on the selection of Iowa City as an Olympic Hometown, visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2015/November/13/Iowa-City.... Additional details about tonight’s pep rally are available at https://icgov.org/news/iowa-city-prepares-big-weekend-sports-downtown-pe....

Date of publication

Friday, November 13, 2015