Xtream Arena to host Iowa high school state wrestling dual championships, beginning in 2023

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

The state wrestling dual championships officially have a new home.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced Monday that the state boys dual championships is moving to Xtream Arena in Coralville. The IHSAA's Board of Control approved a three-year deal with Xtream Arena to host the state duals from 2023-25.

The event was held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines from 2012 through 2022.

The 2023 state duals tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, which is the Saturday following the inaugural Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union state wrestling tournament, set for Feb. 2-3, a Thursday-Friday event.

“We’re thrilled to take our State Dual Team Tournament to Xtream Arena, which will provide a world-class wrestling venue and event staff for our student-athletes,” IHSAA executive director Tom Keating said in a release.

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Monday's announcement was the final piece of the IHSAA's plans to shift the high school wrestling postseason starting next year.

In April, the IHSAA announced that both Class 2A and 1A would no longer host sectional tournaments as part of their postseasons, and that they would both join Class 3A in hosting just district tournaments as traditional state tournament qualifiers.

Additionally, the IHSAA announced that all three classes would expand to 24 state qualifiers per weight. The 2023 traditional state tournament is now scheduled to be a four-day tournament, set for Feb. 15-18, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Those were by-products of the larger goal to move the state duals championships, which had recently been contested the day before the traditional state tournament.

"The primary objective was finding a better date for state duals," Lewie Curtis, the IHSAA's wrestling administrator, told the Register in April. "In doing that, it required other things to change."

By eliminating sectional tournaments, the IHSAA filled that free weekend with state duals. They sought bids from venues across the state and landed on Xtream Arena, which has hosted many high-level wrestling events since it opened in September 2020.

"In addition to the amenities Xtream Arena can provide, scheduling it alongside the new girls’ tournament will benefit our participating schools, officials and spectators," Keating said in the IHSAA's announcement.

"We trust the team at Think Iowa City and Iowa City Area Sports Commission will help us grow the dual team tournament as part of an outstanding weekend of Iowa high school wrestling."

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