WWE showmanship steps aside as real wrestling returns to Madison Square Garden for only the second time in the 134-year history of the storied New York City arena for the second Grapple at the Garden event on Sunday, Dec. 1, two participating schools – Rutgers, and Army – announced at their websites Thursday.
Twelve top college programs will take to the mats for Grapple at the Garden 2. In addition to Army and Rutgers, other schools scheduled to participate include Bloomsburg, Boston University, Cornell University, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, Illinois, Maryland, Penn and Princeton. It’s the second Grapple appearance for three schools: Hofstra, Maryland, and Rutgers. What’s more, half of this year’s participants — Illinois, Cornell, Bloomsburg, Penn, Maryland and Rutgers — finished the 2012-13 season ranked within the top 25.
Grapple at the Garden 2 will feature a format similar to last year’s event, consisting of two separate sessions. The 10:00 a.m. session will feature Maryland vs. Cornell, Rutgers vs. George Mason, Illinois vs. Bloomsburg, Hofstra vs. Army, Boston University vs. Penn, and Drexel vs. Princeton. The second session, scheduled to begin at noon, will include Cornell vs. Illinois, Rutgers vs. Maryland, Princeton vs. Army, Bloomsburg vs. Penn, George Mason vs. Drexel, and Hofstra vs. Boston University.
“The success of last year’s first-ever college wrestling meet at Madison Square Garden proves that there is a strong appetite for college wrestling in the New York area,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “We are thrilled to once again host several of the country’s top wrestling programs in the second-annual Grapple at the Garden.”
Two of the participating coaches share in that excitement.
“Last year, the Garden hosted one of the greatest collegiate events I have ever seen outside of the NCAA Championships,” said Army head coach Joe Heskett. “Our team is excited to compete and win at MSG. This season’s Grapple at the Garden will be another outstanding day of collegiate wrestling in the world’s greatest city.”
“We are excited to be back at the Garden wrestling this season,” said Scott Goodale, Rutgers head coach. “It was a great experience last year. Our student-athletes enjoyed it and our fans enjoyed it. It is just a perfect fit. Wrestling in MSG!”
Tickets for Grapple at the Garden 2 are not yet available for purchase. Fans are encouraged to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale at the MSGInsider.com website.
Want to know more…
- … about the 2013 Grapple at the Garden 2 event? Read Madison Square Garden’s announcement, including quotes from the participating coaches.
- … about the original Grapple at the Garden event in Dec. 2012? For a wrap-up and match results, check out this article from College Wrestling Examiner.
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