Guys, I'm not saying we have to match their number. I'm talking about a big number, though. And certainly the excitement and intensity.
Gable created a great following for Iowa wrestling. That has not died. Iowa has an exciting style of wrestling to watch. They also have pretty much dominated the sport the last 30 years. I sucks to say but I would rather watch Iowa wrestle than ISU.
1. Iowa 9,014
2. Penn State 6,480
3. Ohio State 3,126
4. Iowa State 3,087
5. Minnesota 3,024
6. Oklahoma State 2,564
7. Lehigh 2,141
8. Cornell 1,981
9. Nebraska 1,620
10. Navy 1,595
1 Hawaii 126,827 19 6,675 2 Nebraska 77,164 18 4,287 3 Minnesota 53,050 16 3,316 4 Penn St. 55,783 17 3,281 5 Wisconsin 42,278 13 3,252 6 UNI 33,015 11 3,001 7 Wichita St. 34,792 12 2,899 8 Purdue 48,566 17 2,857 9 Illinois 33,713 12 2,809 10 Texas 52,850 20 2,643 11 Iowa St. 37,981 15 2,532
We as Iowans view wrestling in high regards, I get that. But go else where in the US and the view is different. The south will tell you that softball, track and field, mens and womens soccer is much more important than wrestling. The west coast will tell you softball, soccer, swimming, etc. is more important than wrestling. Heck even as wrestling rich the NE is they may tell you that Lacrosse is more important than wrestling.
We are we talking about volleyball and hockey? We drew big crowds at ISU before. Minnesota having a strong hockey program has nothing to do with that.
You claim volleyball has a much larger national following yet the highest attendance figure was 6,600 (Hawaii who was also the only school above 5,000) and even at a school like PSU that has a great volleyball program the wrestling program doubles the attendance of the volleyball program.
ISU averaged just above 2,500 fans for volleyball which was a top ten figure. Even as down as the ISU wrestling program is they average more than that.
My point was that wrestling, like hockey or women's basketball are alike in that they have huge followings at certain schools, and are irrelevent at others.
Also I was looking at the ISU wrestling schedule this year and ASU was apparantly the first home meet since mid december and only the third meet this year. That seems strange.
I don't see wrestling as a dying sport. I just don't think all that many people are interested in it in general. Most people see it as two guys rolling around on a mat in tight outfits. They have no idea what goes into it and see it as boring. If Iowa started to do not so well, they eventually wouldn't be pulling in 15k for meets. They'd just be ****** and talk about the good ole days as we do. I think if consistent success comes back to ISU, we will get fans back. However until we prove that we can be the dominate program in the state, we will have fewer fans. There just are not enough fans of wrestling in general to go around. Just my opinion.
And since you want to pick schools to talk about then you will see that schools like Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, etc. all average more at volleyball than wrestling.
Watching two sweaty dudes together on the mat is gross. I prefer chicks in volleyball shorts.
Can't help I when you decide to only wrestle 9 matches
Good for Iowa. Our state needs to be continue to be known for wrestling, and I'm happy they are making up for us.