BTN has released their broadcast schedule for the 2015-16 wrestling season, so let's update the Iowa schedule to see when, where, and how you'll be able to watch the Iowa wrestlers in action this year.
First and foremost: if you're not able to make it to Iowa City for the big Grapple on the Gridiron outdoor dual meet against Oklahoma State (now less than a month away!), you'll be able to view the event live via BTN2Go's online stream. A reminder: BTN2Go is the free stream that should be available to anyone who has a paid cable/satellite subscription to BTN. BTN Plus is the for-pay streaming service that is an additional cost above and beyond what you already pay for your paid cable/satellite subscription to BTN. The Iowa-Oklahoma State dual meet will also be televised on BTN proper, on tape delay on Sunday, November 15 -- the dual meet will air after the Coppin State-Iowa men's basketball game (which tips at 4 PM CT).
|11/14/15||Oklahoma State||Iowa City, IA||11 AM||BTN2Go (live),
BTN (11/15 @ 6 PM)
|11/20/15||Iowa City Duals||Iowa City, IA||Maryland (11 AM)
Grand Canyon (12:30 PM)
Iowa Central CC (2 PM)
Cornell College (3:30 PM)
|11/29/15||Iowa State||Ames, IA||TBA||TBA|
|12/4/15||South Dakota State||Iowa City, IA||TBA||BTN Plus|
|12/10/15||Rutgers||Iowa City, IA||5 PM||BTN Plus|
|12/29/15||Midlands Championships||Evanston, IL||Session I
|12/30/15||Midlands Championships||Evanston, IL||Session III
|BTN Plus (Session III)
BTN (Session IV)
|1/10/16||Northwestern||Evanston, IL||2 PM||BTN Plus|
|1/15/16||Wisconsin||Madison, WI||8 PM||BTN|
|1/22/16||Purdue||Iowa City, IA||TBA||BTN Plus|
|1/24/16||Nebraska||Lincoln, NE||2 PM||BTN Plus|
|1/29/16||Minnesota||Iowa City, IA||8 PM||BTN|
|2/5/16||Indiana||Iowa City, IA||TBA||BTN Plus|
|2/12/16||Montana State-Northern||Havre, MT||TBA||TBA|
|2/21/16||National Duals Championship||TBA||4 PM||BTN|
|2/22/16||National Duals Championship||TBA||6 or 7 PM||BTN|
|3/5/16||Big Ten Championships||Iowa City, IA||Session I
|3/6/16||Big Ten Championships||Iowa City, IA||Session III||BTN Plus (BTN?)|
If you're keeping score, Iowa, Penn State, and Ohio State each appear to have two live duals on BTN this season. (As previously noted, Iowa also has a tape delayed version of the Oklahoma State dual airing on BTN.) BTN will again be airing live coverage of the Midlands Championships and the National Duals Championship. Based on their past precedent, BTN will likely air the final round of Midlands and BTN Plus will have coverage of the earlier rounds. The schedule provided lists BTN Plus as the only provider for all sessions of the Big Ten Championships, but in the past BTN itself has aired the final round of the tournament, so it wouldn't be a shock if that happened again.
In other wrestling news, Grapple on the Gridiron, the big outdoor dual meet between Iowa and Oklahoma State at Kinnick Stadium on November 14, has sold over 28,000 tickets. With those ticket sales alone, they've nearly doubled the current NCAA attendance record for a dual meet (15, 696, which was achieved by Penn State for the 2013 Penn State-Pitt dual meet at the Bryce Jordan Center). As of now, the reserved seats for Grapple on the Gridiron are sold out, but are still plenty of general admission seats remaining. There's reason to think that plenty of those could be sold, too:
Eustice said the walk-up ticket sales for a home meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena typically is between 1,500 and 3,000. On a day with a lot of people in town for that night's Minnesota-Iowa football game, the walk-up sales could exceed that norm by a considerable margin.
Almost 30,000 is a very solid attendance figure for a wrestling dual meet, but if Iowa is able to push that number close to 40,000, that would be absolutely phenomenal. Tickets can be purchased on the Iowa website.