NCAA Division I Wrestling Attendance: Gophers #7
Eight Big Ten teams ranked among the top 17 in NCAA Division I wrestling during the 2019-2020 season. The Minnesota Gophers were #7 on the list averaging 2,995 fans in six home matches.
The Iowa Hawkeyes led the nation for the 14th straight year. Iowa State was #3 and the University of Northern Iowa #13 to solidify Iowa's reputation as the top wrestling state in the nation.
Iowa became the first program to draw more than 10,000 fans for every home event. In seven home meets they averaged 12,568 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Big Ten opponent Penn State was second in the nation with an average 7,604 fans for 8 home competitions. The Nittany Lions drew the most fans in a single contest, 15,995, while hosting Big Ten foe Ohio State.
Minnesota's biggest crowd was 4,025 when the Wisconsin Badgers visited.
Iowa had the second most fans at a match, 14,905, when hosting Penn State.
Iowa State was the only other college to draw over 10,000 fans for a match, 11,238, when Iowa came to Ames to tangle with the Cyclones.
Penn State was the opponent for five teams top drawing event. Iowa drew the most fans for four Division I teams.
Minnesota was one of five Big Ten teams in the top seven.
- Iowa drew 87,979 fans for 7 dates. Top draw Penn State 14,905.
- Penn State had 60,833 fans for 8 dates. Top draw Ohio State 15,995.
- Iowa State with 33,562 fans for 7 dates. Top draw Iowa 11,238.
- Rutgers drew 29,091 fans for 7 dates. Top draw Maryland 5,405.
- Ohio State with 32,940 fans for 8 dates. Top draw Northwestern 4,657.
- Oklahoma State had 33,328 fans for 9 dates. Top draw Oklahoma 7,070.
- Minnesota drew 17,730 fans for 6 dates. Top draw Wisconsin 4,025.
- Arizona State 17,171 fans for 6 dates. Top draw Penn State 8,522.
- Fresno State 15,577 fans for 6 dates. Top draw Rutgers 3,584.
- Lehigh with 15,135 fans for 6 dates. Top draw Penn State 6,047.
- Virginia Tech had 14,899 for 6 dates. Top draw North Carolina 4,235.
- Nebraska drew 16,776 for 7 dates. Top draw Penn State 5,960.
- Northern Iowa with 13,006 for 6 dates. Top draw Oklahoma State 4,006.
- NC State had 10,669 fans for 6 dates. Top draw North Carolina 4,383.
- Wisconsin drew 13,784 fans for 7 dates. Top draw Penn State 3,073.
- Michigan with 13,403 fans for 7 dates. Top draw Iowa 3,909.
- Indiana had 11,414 fans for 7 dates. Top draw Iowa 1,914.
- Princeton drew 6,151 fans for 4 dates. Top draw Iowa 2,284.
- Cornell with 7,846 fans for 6 dates. Top draw NC State 2,284.
- Missouri had 6,327 fans for 5 dates. Top draw Iowa State 2,464.
- South Dakota State 7,901 fans in 7 dates. Top draw N.D. State 1,679.
- Binghampton drew 5,556 fans in 5 dates. Top draw NC State 2,705.
- Lock Haven with 6,379 fans in 6 dates. Top draw Central Michigan 2,218.
- Utah Valley had 7,415 fans in 7 dates. Top draw Wisconsin 1,411.
- West Virginia drew 6,936 fans in 7 dates. Top draw Utah Valley 2,250.
The University of Minnesota was scheduled to host the Division I NCAA Championships March 19, 2020 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The event was cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
The 32 man roster includes three wrestlers from the Hiawatha Valley League.
- Chase O'Conner Redshirt Senior 285 lbs Kasson-Mantorville 2-4
- Bailee O'Reilly Redshirt Soph. 165 lbs Goodhue 22-11 6-7 B10
- Caden Steffen Redshirt Fresh. 184 lbs Zumbrota-Mazeppa 19-10