Feb. 10, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa has been selected as one of eight host sites for the 2016 NWCA Division I National Championships Dual Series.
The second-ranked Hawkeyes will host an undetermined conference champion on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa’s opponent will be announced Sunday, Feb. 14.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth, and available for purchase at the UI Athletics Tickets Office, over the phone at 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or online at hawkeyesports.com. Season ticket holder can purchase tickets effective immediately. General public tickets are available beginning Monday, Feb. 15.
Formerly the NWCA National Duals Tournament, the National Championships Dual Series is a new format designed to match the top eight Big Ten programs against the regular season champion from the other seven Division I conferences — Pac 12, Big 12, ACC, EIAW, EWL, MAC, SoCon, Ivy League. The eighth nonconference team will be selected as an at-large based on its national ranking.
The eight Big Ten host schools include No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Iowa, No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Nebraska, No. 14 Rutgers, No. 18 Minnesota, and Indiana.
“The concept is similar to the bowl game series in football,” NWCA President Mark Cody said. “This format was developed by the Division I wrestling coaches and the NWCA’s role is to ensure that it gets off the ground. Our goal is to have the top eight ranked Big Ten schools host a non-Big Ten opponent with one of the duals determining the national dual meet title.”
“I’ve been thrilled with the extraordinary level of support this event has received from all participating coaches and administrations,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Like any new concept, we’ve experienced some unanticipated challenges but the coaches and school administrators have been great at helping us navigate through these situations.”
The Feb. 9 USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll is available at nwcaonline.com.