Iowa, Oklahoma State to wrestle outdoors in effort to break Penn State record for largest crowd

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa wrestling team will host Oklahoma State in the first NCAA match to be held in a Division I football stadium.

The Hawkeyes will face the Cowboys on Nov. 14 at Kinnick Stadium for "Grapple on the Gridiron," an effort to break the record for the largest crowd for a single match. It's currently held by Penn State at nearly 16,000.

Iowa's football team will host rival Minnesota in Kinnick later that day.

"Oklahoma State and Iowa is a historical match. It's got a lot of excitement to it," Oklahoma State coach John Smith said. "We usually wrestle it in January, and (Iowa) coach (Tom) Brands called and said he wanted to change the date and put it on the football field. I said, 'Let's do it."'

Iowa announced the event Thursday on Twitter, saying the team was "excited to introduce Cowboy Wrestling to Hayden Fry Psychology" while posting a picture of Iowa's pink visiting locker room. Fry was Iowa's football coach from 1979-98.

The Hawkeyes and Cowboys have a combined 57 national titles.

Weather might be an issue, with the average high for Iowa City that time of year around 50 degrees. The Hawkeyes said they will move the meet indoors to their regular home, the 15,000-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena, if needed.

Iowa also will host the Big Ten championships and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2016.