Six college wrestling events to air on FOX Sports Chicago and Direct TV; Iowa vs. Iowa State to kick off series, with airings on Dec. 14 and 15
USA Sports Broadcasting has confirmed the college wrestling events that will be included in this year's "College Series of Wrestling."
FOX Sports Chicago has notified USA Wrestling of six college wrestling events that it will broadcast this year. All of these events can also be viewed by subscribers of Direct TV.
These events are part of the "College Series of Wrestling," a joint effort between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and USA Wrestling. The shows are funded through a USOC grant program with the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences.
The 2000-2001 series includes three major dual meets, two major tournaments and the top college all-star event on the national schedule.
The first dual meet to be aired on FOX Sports Chicago is the Iowa vs. Iowa State dual meet, which will be held at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. This is considered one of the most intense inter-state rivalry in the wrestling world, and features two teams with national title hopes. The broadcast team for this exciting dual meet is Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and Dan Gable.
The first airing will be on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. CST and the second airing will be on Friday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 a.m. CST
Another event scheduled for two airings is the NWCA National Duals finals, the annual national wrestling dual meet championship, set for State College, Pa. The first showing of this spectacular event will be Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. CST and the second airing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 12:00 p.m. CST.
Four other events have been scheduled for one airing, but will receive an additional air date in the future. Information on the second airing will be posted when available.
Two dual meets that are set for one airing are Iowa State vs. Oklahoma in Ames, Iowa and Ohio State vs. Northwestern in Columbus, Ohio.
The Ohio State vs. Northwestern will air on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. CST and Iowa State vs. Oklahoma is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
The annual NWCA All-Star Classic in Lancaster, Pa., will be aired on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. CST. This traditional challenge event features the top ranked athletes in each weight class going head-to-head, and is a great preview of many of the stars expected to challenge for NCAA titles.
The Big 12 Championships, set for Stillwater, Okla., will be aired on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. CST. This competition is a qualifying event for the NCAA Div. I Championships, and features national powers Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri.
For an updated schedule of televised wrestling events and cybercast wrestling events, visit TheMat.com, the Ultimate Source for Real Wrestling. Broadcast listings are in The Mat.tv section of the web page.
USA Sports Broadcasting is the broadcast division of USA Wrestling, and coordinates and produces the annual "College Series of Wrestling." In addition, USA Sports Broadcasting also produces wrestling events for internet broadcast on The CyberMat, the interactive portal of TheMat.com
"COLLEGE SERIES OF WRESTLING" on Fox Sports Chicago and Direct TV
Thursday, Dec. 14 - Iowa vs. Iowa State at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, 7:30 p.m. CST
Friday, Dec. 15 - Iowa vs. Iowa State at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, 2:30 a.m. CST
Tuesday, Jan. 30 - NWCA National Duals at Bryce Jordan Arena in State College, Pa., 7:30 p.m. CST
Wednesday, Jan. 31 - NWCA National Duals at Bryce Jordan Arena in State College, Pa., 12:00 p.m. CST
Tuesday, Feb. 6 - NWCA All-Star Classic at Mayser Center in Lancaster, Pa., 7:30 p.m. CST *
Friday, Feb. 9 - Ohio State vs. Northwestern at St. John's Arena in Columbus, Ohio, 7:30 p.m. CST *
Saturday, Feb. 10 - Iowa State vs. Oklahoma at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, 5:00 p.m. CST *
Sunday, March 11 - Big 12 Championships at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., 2:00 p.m. CST *
* - additional replays for these events will be announced when available.