Arlington, Texas– A one-of-a-kind wrestling double header featuring the best teams from both NCAA and international competition is scheduled for Globe Life Field on Saturday, February 12, 2022.
Details of Fight in the ball park which will include double games between Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa and senior national teams from the United States and Iran, REV Entertainment announced today that it will host and host the event.
Tickets for Fight in the ball park will be on Thursday, October 14th at 10:00 AM CT at. go on sale texasrangers.com/wrestling.
Fight in the ball park will be streamed live by FloSports, the event’s exclusive broadcast partner. To take part in the promotion, fans can watch FloWrestling.org.
â€œI am very pleased to be able to tell you Fight in the ball park“Said Sean Decker, President of REV Entertainment. â€œWe’re proud to have the opportunity to host a competition celebrating four of the most famous brands in wrestling, the Oklahoma State Cowboys versus the Iowa Hawkeyes and USA Wrestling versus Iran. I would like to thank these four great programs for their incredible collaboration in helping us put together this spectacular wrestling event. “
The Oklahoma State-Iowa College Meeting and the USA-Iran Exhibition Meeting will take place simultaneously from 6:30 p.m. on February 12, with the two competitions alternating on two different mats throughout the event. This is the first time a high-level international meeting and NCAA meeting have been held in this format.
Oklahoma State v Iowa is one of the most decorated rivalries in college sports. The 34 NCAA Cowboys Team Championships represent the NCAA record for most titles in a sport for each school and the Hawkeyes’ 24 draws for the third. This will be 55NS Meet in between these storied NCAA wrestling programs, with the state of Oklahoma holding a 29-23-2 advantage.
In its history, OSU has won 55 team conference titles as well as 143 NCAA individual champions and 481 All-Americans, both of which are number 1 nationally by a wide margin. Oklahoma State wrestlers have also made 41 Olympic appearances and won 11 gold medals and a total of 16 medals and 19 other medals at the World Championships. OSU finished third in the 2021 NCAA championships. The cowboys are coached by former Olympic gold medalist and six-time world champion John Smith, who has won five NCAA championships since being appointed head coach in 1991.
Iowa won the 2021 NCAA championship while earning its 37thNS Big Ten title. Iowa’s 55 NCAA champions have won a total of 85 NCAA singles titles, crowning seven three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 117 Big Ten champions have teamed up for 207 conference titles. There were seven four-time, 19 three-time, and 31 two-time Big Ten champions from Iowa. Iowa’s 161 All-Americans have achieved All-America status 352 times, including 22 quadruple, 40 triple and 41 double guests of honor. Forty Iowa wrestlers have won a total of eleven Olympic and World Championship gold medals. The Hawkeyes are led by Tom Brands, NWCA Coach of the Year 2021, who won his fourth NCAA championship last spring and is in his 16th year as head coach.
USA Wrestling is the national umbrella organization for wrestling in the United States and is a member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the international wrestling association United World Wrestling. USA Wrestling manages competition, training, and other programs for athletes of all ages, from boys and girls in youth programs to World Championships and Olympic Games.
The United States is a world power in international wrestling, including second place in both men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling in the 2021 World Seniors Championships. USA Wrestling won nine medals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, led by three individual Olympic champions.
Iran is one of the traditional powerhouses in men’s freestyle wrestling with numerous world and Olympic champions in this sport. The friendly rivalry between the US and Iran goes back decades. In 1998, an international freestyle team from USA Wrestling became the first US sports team to compete in Iran since the Iranian Revolution, which lasted almost two decades. The last time Iran competed in the US was at the World Cup in Los Angeles in 2016.
Since then, the USA and Iran have competed regularly in both nations. In 2003, Iran came to the United States along with Russia to compete in the Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Wrestling matches between the United States and Iran traditionally attract large crowds in both nations.
Fight in the ball park will be the first event at Globe Life Field to host an international competition. The two wrestling mats are located between the pitcher’s mound and second base areas and are placed on raised platforms to improve the lines of sight from the seat pan. Floor seating will be added, with Globe Life Field capacity expected to be at least 27,000 for the Games.
The parking spaces open at 4:00 p.m. and the Globe Life Field Entrances open at 5:00 p.m. to start at 6:30 p.m. Fight in the ball park.
Since opening in March 2020, Globe Life Field has been home to the Texas Rangers and has hosted numerous sporting and entertainment events including Major League Baseball NLDS, NLCS and World Series and Wrangler Â© National Finals Rodeo in 2020 and the State Farm College Baseball Showdown. Over 30 college and high school baseball games, about 50 college and high school degrees, the Hella Mega Tour with Green Day, Fallout Boy and Weezer, and Chris Stapleton in Concert in 2021. The building will feature its first soccer game the Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic presented by USAA between the US Air Force Academy and the US Military Academy on Saturday, November 6th.
REV Entertainment is a subsidiary of Rangers Baseball Express, LLC and was founded in August 2021 due to the success of Rangers Events, which had served as the exclusive booking agent for all non-MLB game day events as of 2012 at Globe Life Park in Arlington (now Choctaw Stadium) and in Globe Life Field since 2020.
QUOTES ON BOUT IN THE BALLPARK
John Smith, Head Wrestling Coach, Oklahoma State University
â€œThe Oklahoma State-Iowa series is one of the best things the sport of wrestling has to offer. The history of both programs speaks for itself and is always accompanied by the intensity on the mat. I am happy to show this rivalry to a new part of the country and to help develop our sport. The chance to wrestle at a world class facility like Globe Life Field is a great opportunity for our program and our fans. We can’t wait to get to Arlington and look forward to wrestling in a great, unique atmosphere. â€
Tom Brands, Head Wrestling Coach, University of Iowa
â€œThis is a matter of course for us. It’s the state of Oklahoma. It’s outside the box. It’s international and I know it’s done right. We have to be ready to go. “
Rich Bender, Executive Director, USA Wrestling
â€œWrestling goes beyond politics, and nothing shows this better than the friendly rivalry between USA Wrestling and the Iranian Wrestling Federation. These are two of the best freestyle wrestling nations in the world. We’re grateful that Team USA has the opportunity to compete against one of the strongest teams and compete against some of the best athletes in the sport. We are also honored to partner with the Texas Rangers and two of the most traditional programs in college wrestling history, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. It’s going to be a great day for wrestling. “
Oklahoma State vs. Iowa game information
College Wrestling Basics:
10 weight classes: 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197, heavyweight (285)
Mat dimensions: At least 42 ‘x 42’
Timing: First period – 3 min.Second and third period – 2 minutes each.
The timing between games depends on the network transfer event.
Matchups to watch:
133: No. 1 Daton Fix (OSU) vs. No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa)
- Fix leads series 2-0. Beat DeSanto 3-2 in the NCAA semi-finals last season.
- Fix was national runner-up, DeSanto third
- Fix recently won the silver medal at the 2021 World Championships in freestyle with 61 kg.
- DeSanto is a three-time All-American.
157: No. 14 Wyatt Sheets (OSU) vs. No. 6 Kaleb Young (Iowa)
- Young, a three-time All-American, leads the Series 2-1, beating Sheets 3-2 in the game for seventh place at the NCAA championships last season.
165: No. 6 Travis Wittlake (OSU) vs. No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa)
- Marinelli, who was both three-time All-American and Big Ten champions, defeated Wittlake 3-2 in their only match, which took place in Dual 2020
- Wittlake received All-American honors for the second time and finished fourth in the NCAA championships last season.
197: No. 1 (AJ Ferrari) vs. No. 3 Jacob Warner (Iowa)
- Ferrari leads series 1-0. Beat Warner 3-2 in the NCAA quarter-finals last season.
- Ferrari was a true newcomer to the national championship at 197 pounds, while Warner took fourth place.
- Ferrari was the third true newcomer, after Richard Hutton (1947) and Pat Smith (1990), to win a national individual championship in OSU history.
- Warner is a three-time All-American.
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