The biggest and brightest stars of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club are returning to competition in a little more than a month — and they'll be squaring off in an event loaded with World medalists, national champions and All-Americans.
The Hawkeye Wrestling Club Showdown Open is set for Sunday, Nov. 1 at the new Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. The nine-bout, pay-per-view freestyle card will be streamed live on Trackwrestling beginning at 6 p.m. CT.
"Our open format provides a great opportunity for some really high-level matches for the best guys in our program to wrestle in Coralville, Iowa," Iowa coach Tom Brands said. "This is something we've been working on as a path to competition readiness. We don't know when we're going to compete (in the upcoming college season) and this seems like a natural for our fan base, and it seems like a natural seeing the success that the Rumble on the Rooftop had and then the other events that have followed that."
Now it's the Hawkeye Wrestling Club's turn to put on an elite wrestling showcase event.
The card includes seven men's freestyle matches and two women's freestyle bouts. Every matchup will be released next week, beginning Monday. Stay locked in on Trackwrestling's website and social media outlets as each bout is announced.
"We're thrilled to partner with one of the most recognizable brands in wrestling to showcase a unique, high-level event," said Travis Shives, Vice President of Sports, SportsEngine and Trackwrestling. "The Hawkeye Wrestling Club has assembled an exceptional card filled with highly-credentialed athletes from around the country and beyond, and we look forward to streaming the event to the wrestling world."
The event pay-per-view is $29.95. Funds will go to post-graduate athletes, who will earn money for participation, performance and a percentage of pay-per-view sales, as well as to support the HWC.
The event will be limited in-venue to athletes, coaches and essential workers.
"This is about the wrestling, first and foremost," HWC president Randy Novak said. "The HWC is committed to providing opportunities for men and women to train and compete for World and Olympic championships, and that mission is represented on this card. Every corner features a contender at the NCAA, national, or international level. The men and women involved are excited about it, and wrestling fans are going to love it."