Grapple on the Gridiron: Oklahoma State to compete against Iowa in outdoor dual

Oklahoma State wrestling is heading outdoors to open its 100th season.

The Cowboys will wrestle the Iowa Hawkeyes at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at Kinnick Stadium, home of the Iowa football team, the Hawkeyes wrestling program announced on Twitter on Thursday. The dual, tabbed as the "Grapple on the Gridiron," marks the first time in NCAA history two teams will compete in a Division I football stadium. It will be held in Kinnick Stadium's south end zone.

The dual will be held before Iowa football kicks off against Minnesota.

"Oklahoma State and Iowa is a historical match. It’s got a lot of excitement to it," Oklahoma State head coach John Smith said. "We usually wrestle it in January, and Coach (Tom) Brands called and said he wanted to change the date and put it on the football field. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s a rarity to open up our season with one of the better teams in the country. I think it’s something that will be fun."

In 2013, Penn State broke Iowa's 2008 record -- 15,955 fans in a dual at Carver Hawkeye Arena against Iowa State -- with 15,996 fans at Bryce Jordan Center in a dual against Pittsburgh. The capacity for Kinnick Stadium is 70,585.

The Cowboys football team plays against Iowa State in Ames that Saturday night as well.

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