IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the eighth consecutive season according to annual Division I attendance report released Tuesday by Roby Publishing.
Iowa averaged 8,835 fans in seven duals, setting an NCAA single season attendance record of 61,843. The Hawkeyes averaged at least 8,000 fans for the sixth consecutive season, and own the three highest single season averages in NCAA history (9,014 in 2012; 8,764 in 2013).
For the 12th straight season, the Iowa State wrestling team (9-7 overall, 1-2 Big 12) finished in the top-six the nation for dual attendance. The Cyclones finished the 2013-14 season fourth with an average of 3,255 per home dual.
This season’s average attendance was up 800 from 2012-13 and was the highest since the 2009-10 season, when Iowa State averaged 4,541 fans per home contest.
13 of the 16 top-ranked schools in attendance improved their average vs. last season.
Iowa State’s best crowd of the year came on Dec. 1, when 6,261 fans packed Hilton Coliseum for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series with instate rival Iowa.
Below is a chart of dual attendance leaders in 2013-14 across Division I:
DIVISION I ATTENDANCE LEADERS
School (# of Home Duals)
|1||Iowa (7)||8835||61843||13747||Penn St|
|2||Penn State (8)||7646||61170||15996||Pittsburgh|
|3||Minnesota (5)||3462||17310||5603||Penn St|
|4||Iowa State (4)||3255||13021||6261||Iowa|
|5||Oklahoma State (8)||2713||21705||5135||Oklahoma|
|6||Ohio State (4)||2386||9544||4412||Michigan|
|7||Lehigh (7)||2290||16032||4773||Penn St|
|9||Northern Iowa (7)||1766||12363||2060||WI,MO,ISU,PU|
|12||Pittsburgh (7)||1044||7310||1921||Okla St|
|14||Oregon State (7)||1004||7028||2138||Minnesota|
|15||Michigan (8)||910||7281||1519||Mich St|
|16||Old Dominion (7)||819||5736||1489||Va Tech|