Iowa wrestling leads nation in attendance for 12th straight season

Cody Goodwin
Hawk Central

The Iowa wrestling program continues to be the nation’s best in attendance.

The Hawkeyes led the nation in attendance for the 12th consecutive season, according to numbers provided by Denny Diehl of Roby Publishing, who has tracked Division I wrestling attendance since the 2001-02 season.

Iowa's Michael Kemerer is introduced before the Hawkeyes' dual against Northwestern at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Iowa averaged 8,996 fans per dual, more than 1,000 in front of second-place Penn State (7,693) and third-place Ohio State (6,681). For the year, 71,966 fans attended Iowa's eight home meets. Rutgers and Fresno State round out the top five.

Iowa State finished sixth, with an average attendance of 3,361. Northern Iowa finished 15th, at 1,724.

The Hawkeyes’ average this season is their fourth-highest average since 2001-02. Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of Tom Brands' 12 seasons as head coach, and have averaged at least 8,000 fans for the 10th straight season.

Iowa was also part of this year’s three largest dual-meet crowds — 15,998 packed the Bryce Jordan Center when Penn State hosted the Hawkeyes on Feb. 10; 15,117 attended the Iowa-Ohio State dual at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 21; and 13,485 came to Carver-Hawkeye Arena when the Hawkeyes hosted Oklahoma State on Jan. 14.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

2017-18 NCAA Division I Wrestling Attendance

(rank, school, average attendance)

1. Iowa, 8,996
2. Penn State, 7,693
3. Ohio State, 6,681
4. Rutgers, 4,680
5. Fresno State, 4,566
6. Iowa State, 3,361
7. Oklahoma State, 3,152
8. Lehigh, 2,705
9. Michigan, 2,615
10. Minnesota, 2,185
15. Northern Iowa, 1,724