InterMat Wrestling – 2022 and 2023 Freestyle World Cup to be Held in Coralville, Iowa

2018 Men’s Freestyle World Cup (Image via Tony Rotondo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

USA Wrestling is pleased to announce that United World Wrestling has awarded both the 2022 and 2023 Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup events to Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. The 2022 competition will be held from December 10-11, while the 2023 competition will take place from December 9-10.

The World Cup is an international biennial tournament of annual meetings. This will be the first time in history that the FIBA ​​Men’s Freestyle World Cup and the Women’s World Cup will be held side by side.

This will be the second time that the Men’s Freestyle World Cup will be held in the Iowa City area, as the 2018 World Cup was hosted at the world-famous Carver Hokkai Arena on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

This will be the first time that the United States will host the Women’s World Cup.

“USA Wrestling is excited to bring one of the most important wrestling competitions on the planet once again to the Coralville/Iowa City community, which truly is a hotbed of international wrestling. We are extremely excited to be able to showcase the best men’s competition in the world,” said Rich Bender, Executive Director of Freestyle Wrestling. for women on the same site.

The World Cup Men’s Freestyle Championships features the top five men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world as well as a team from around the world, while the Women’s World Cup Freestyle Championships features the world’s top five women’s freestyle wrestling teams, as well as an international team.

The teams located around the world will consist of athletes whose teams have finished in the top five in the team race at the World Championships.

These teams will be selected based on the team’s results for the Senior World Championships earlier each year. The 2022 Senior World Championships is set in Belgrade, Serbia, and the 2023 Senior World Championships will be hosted in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

“For the first time in history, the Women’s World Cup will be held in the United States. It will also be the first time that the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup will be held together. I can think of no better place to host these events than Iowa, and in the city of Iowa/Coralville Community “I know this community appreciates great wrestling. They’re in for an amazing event, with the best teams in the world fighting for a world double meet,” said Terry Steiner, USA Women’s National Wrestling coach.

This will be the 31st time that the United States will host the Men’s Freestyle World Cup event, the largest of any other country. Coralville will become the tenth US city to host the Freestyle World Cup. Other US cities that have hosted the World Cup include Toledo, Ohio (17 times); Los Angeles, CA (three times) Chattanooga, Tenn (twice); Spokane, Wash. (twice); Stillwater, Oklahoma (twice); Baltimore, Maryland; Fairfax, Virginia, Boise, Idaho and Iowa City, Iowa.

The new Xtream Arena opened in Coralville in September 2020, and USA Wrestling has held a number of major events there, including the 2020 Senior Nationals, 2021 UWW Junior and Senior Nationals, as well as the 2021 High School National Recruiting Showcase and the USA Wrestling Girls Nationals Folkstyle.

The local organizing committee is Think Iowa City and the Iowa City District Athletic Committee, which helped host the highly successful 2012 and 2016 US Olympic Team Trials and the 2018 Men’s Freestyle World Cup at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Ticket packages for the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup will go on sale on Friday 4 February at 10:00 AM CST. The Xtream Arena has a seating capacity of about 5,300 for the World Cup. Fans are encouraged to buy immediately, as organizers expect to sell out quickly.

Efforts to bring the men’s and women’s World Cup together and bring them to Iowa City have been many years in the making. The Iowa City District Athletic Commission and its leaders created the concept shortly after the 2018 World Cup and worked with USA Wrestling to make that vision a reality.

Local leaders Josh Schamberger and Luke Eustis went to the headquarters of United World Wrestling to meet the staff and pitch the idea to great acclaim. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in 2020, the project was put on hold during lockdown.

This year, a revised proposal was submitted to United World Wrestling, which agreed to award the events to Coralville, Iowa.

“The Iowa District Sports Commission has made significant investments in girls’ and women’s wrestling in the past decade. In many ways, this joint World Cup is an extension of that effort. The inaugural Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup will reverberate around the world. It was chosen to set the standards for how this event will look and run for decades to come. And quite frankly, we aim to not actually get to this bar outside of Iowa City, Iowa…Wrestling Town, USA,” said Josh Chamberger, President of Think Iowa City.

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