Follow on Google News
News By Tag
News By Location
Follow on Google News
Freestyle Wrestling World Cup Brings Olympic-Style Global and Cultural Experience to Iowa
By: Think Iowa City
Elite athletes from 16 countries will come together to celebrate their sport and their countries. "We are so excited to be able to host this event," said Think Iowa City President Joshua Schamberger. "It will be as close to an Olympic experience as you can get without having to travel abroad or pay for Olympic-priced tickets."
The World Cup is the annual international dual-meet championships. The top five countries to qualify for the Men's Freestyle World Cup include the United States, Iran, Japan, Georgia, and Mongolia. The top five countries for the women's teams are Japan, United States, China, Mongolia, and Ukraine. Qualifying countries are determined based on the overall team results from the Senior World Championships events held in September in Belgrade, Serbia.
Beyond wrestling, there are many reasons people will want to attend, Schamberger said. "The World Cup will truly be a global event, with thousands of local wrestling fans filling the stands, hundreds of people in attendance visiting from around the world, and tens of thousands of fans tuning-in from their home countries."
"We want a big supportive crowd, no matter what country people want to support," said Coralville City Manager Kelly Hayworth. "These events are known for bringing an energy and electricity that is amazing to be a part of."
Schamberger said Iowa has long been a powerful name in wrestling, and these events will bring worldwide attention to the Iowa City/Coralville community – otherwise known as Wrestling Town, USA. "We expect this event to have a huge economic impact on our region," he said. "In 2018, we hosted the men's freestyle World Cup and the impact was estimated at just over $5 million. So from a cultural and economic impact, this event really has it all."
More information about the event, the teams, the schedule, and ticket purchases can be found at http://www.worldcupiowacity.com.
Think Iowa City
Account Email Address Account Phone Number Disclaimer Report Abuse