Iowa City awarded 2018 Wrestling World Cup

IOWA CITY — The 2018 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup will be coming to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, April 21-22, United World Wrestling announced Wednesday.

The World Cup is an annually held international dual meet championship, featuring the the top eight men’s freestyle teams in the world. It’s known as one of the more prestigious international events among wrestling.

“USA Wrestling is extremely pleased that the Freestyle World Cup is returning to the United States in 2018,” said Executive Director of USA Wrestling Rich Bender. “We are excited to partner with our hosts at the University of Iowa and in the Iowa City community, who have been leaders in presenting the two most successful U.S. Olympic Team Trials for wrestling in history.”

In 2012, the Olympic Team Trials was sold out and set a Trials record of 54,766 in attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“It is a thrill to once again welcome the top wrestlers in the world to the University of Iowa,” said Iowa athletic director Gary Barta. “The Iowa City community, Hawkeye wrestling fans and wrestlers from all over the country have shown over and over again that there is no better wrestling venue than Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa City will be the ninth city in the nation to host the Freestyle World Cup. Los Angeles was the last U.S. city to host the event in 2014-16. Tehran, Iran will host the 2017 cup before coming back to Iowa City.