staff, March 16, 2015

The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the ninth consecutive season, according to the annual Division I attendance report released by Roby Publishing.

Iowa averaged 8,358 fans in six duals and led the country in total attendance with 55,390 fans attending seven home dates (including Iowa City Duals). The Hawkeyes averaged at least 8,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season.

Right behind Iowa was Penn State, Minnesota and Ohio State, giving the Big Ten four of the nation's top five attendance marks. Rutgers finished sixth, as well, in its first Big Ten season.

For record purposes, only duals against Division I opponents count toward average attendance, and the NWCA National Duals — considered a neutral site event — are not included in Iowa?s totals.

Iowa was involved in the three highest attended duals this year, including at Penn State (15,967), at Minnesota (13,620) and at home against Iowa State (11,882).

The Hawkeyes have led the nation in attendance in each of head coach Tom Brands? nine seasons.

2014-15 Average Attendance
 Team Average Total High Opponent
Iowa 8,358 55,390 11,882 Iowa State
Penn State 7,747 54,221 15,967 Iowa
Minnesota 4,947 29,681 13,620 Iowa
Ohio State 4,387 26,321 6,558 Penn State
Oklahoma State 3,002 21,103 4,691 Penn State
Rutgers 2,697 18,877 6,071 Penn State
Iowa State 2,369 14,216 2,929 N. Iowa
Northern Iowa 1,946 9,729 2,100 Virginia Tech
Pittsburgh 1,751 12,256 7,103 Penn State
Cornell 1,566 9,394 3,274 Oklahoma
* Numbers according to Roby Publishing