Hawkeyes Lead Nation in Attendance for 13th straight year

By Chris Brewer, Iowa Athletic Communications

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Official numbers released Tuesday showed the University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in average and total attendance for the 13th straight season.

The Hawkeyes averaged an NCAA-best 8,526 fans in seven home duals, and saw 59,684 fans enter the gates at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2018-19.

Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of head coach Tom Brands’ 13 seasons. This year was the 11th straight the Hawkeyes averaged more than 8,000 fans.

The NCAA Division I Wrestling Attendance Top 25 for 2018-19

Rank School Home Dates Total Avg
1 Iowa 7 59,684 8526.3
2 Penn State 7 55,222 7888.9
3 Ohio State 6 34,900 5816.7
4 Oklahoma State 7 36,586 5226.6
5 Rutgers 8 40,306 5038.3
6 Iowa State 7 24,988 3569.7
7 Minnesota 7 21,143 3020.4
8 Virginia Tech 5 12,347 2469.4
9 Fresno State 7 16,818 2402.6
10 Michigan 6 13,414 2235.7
11 Lock Haven 5 9,925 1985.0
12 Nebraska 7 13,429 1918.4
13 Wisconsin 7 12,120 1731.4
14 Arizona State 6 10,202 1700.3
15 Lehigh 7 11,778 1682.6
16 Northern Iowa 5 8,309 1661.8
17 Missouri 6 9,061 1510.2
18 Cal Baptist 3 4,043 1347.7
19 Illinois 5 6,556 1311.2
20 NC State 8 10,455 1306.9
21 Indiana 7 9,005 1286.4
22 South Dakota State 5 5,853 1170.6
23 Utah Valley 4 4,520 1130.0
24 Purdue 6 6,617 1102.8
25 Michigan State 9 8,325 925.0