Wrestling fans can expect to see the best individuals in the state competing on Friday and Saturday at the 2017 Iowa state wrestling tournament in Des Moines. Here are some interesting numbers to keep in mind.
- 16,980 seats in Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines are expected to filled for the finals
- 672 total wrestlers competing in the state tournament
- 224 per class (1A, 2A, 3A)
- 230 different schools represented (90 in Class 1A, 83 in Class 2A and 57 in Class 3A)
- 16 wrestlers competing in each weight classes
- 14 weight classes (106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285)
- 42 total individual Iowa state wrestling champions will be crowned
- 18 state champions from 2016 have qualified for this year’s state tournament (eight in Class 3A, four in Class 2A and six in Class 1A)
- Six wrestlers are attempting to win their third straight state title.
- Four of these wrestlers are seniors; Marcus Coleman (Ames), Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake), Brody Teske (Fort Dodge), Bryce West (Solon)
- Two are juniors; Chase Shiltz (Creston/Orient-Macksburg) and Alex Thomsen (Underwood)
- 25 total four time Iowa state wrestling champions
- Zero wrestlers have a chance to win a fourth straight title this year
- 82 total three time Iowa state wrestling champions (As noted above, there are six wrestlers that have a chance at it this year)
- 23 undefeated wrestlers heading into the state tournament (10 in Class 3A, 3 in Class 2A, 10 in Class 1A) with Chase Shiltz (52-0) of Creston/Orient-Macksburg in Class 2A (182) as the only 50-win undefeated wrestler in the state of Iowa
Be sure to watch all of the action on CSN or live stream via the NBC Sports App beginning with the semifinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. all the way through the championship matches on Saturday night.
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By the Numbers: Iowa high school state wrestling tournament
Wimbledon has taken place every year since 1945, but won’t take place this year.
The All England Club made the announcement on Wednesday that the famous grass court major has been canceled.
Wimbledon was set to run from June 28 to July 11. Postponing the event later in the calendar year isn’t feasible because of the weather conditions needed for the grass surface to be playable and endure the wear and tear of the two-week tournament.
“With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement,” read a statement from the All England Club.
The only other cancelations in Wimbledon’s history were during World War I and World War II. The tournament started in 1877.
The ATP and WTA also announced the suspension of all play through July 13.
The French Open, tennis’ clay court major, was originally scheduled to run from May 24-June 7, but was pushed back to Sept. 20-Oct. 4. The U.S. Open, which said its 2020 tournament is still on schedule, is on the calendar from Aug. 24-Sept. 13. The French Open moving to a week after the U.S. Open has been controversial in the tennis world with two majors on different surfaces coming just seven days apart.
The NTT IndyCar Series Twitter account announced on Thursday afternoon that the Indianapolis 500 and GMR Grand Prix races will be rescheduled for later dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indy 500 was originally going to take place during Memorial Day weekend, on May 24. The Indy 500 will now take place on Sunday, August 23.
The GMR Grand Prix was originally scheduled for May 9 but will now take place on the Fourth of July. The new July 4 date for the GMR Grand Prix will create the first-ever double-header event with NASCAR and will air on NBC on Independence Day. The 104th edition of the Indy 500 will also air live on NBC with an official start time to be named at a later date.