Wrestling: Ohio State Will Host Stanford, Virginia Tech, Cornell and Arizona State in Inaugural Covelli Center Season

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Hovenaut's picture

My goodness those new digs look very impressive.

Looks like a tough close with those last three road matchups, but no dual with that school up north?

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Andy Vance's picture

Correct. Penn State is the "protected" opponent for wrestling. I suspect this year will be something of an anomaly in not wrestling That Team.

Hovenaut's picture

Interesting.

Guess we'll have to make do with the Nits then.

Good stuff, AV.

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85ThruTheHeart's picture

TTUN who? #NotOurRivals

"He has that look in his eye when it's time to start feeding the beast" UFM on EZE

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SweetBabyDave's picture

No meet with TTUN this year?

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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SweetBabyDave's picture

I see the answer above, thanks Andy.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Andy Vance's picture

No worries - it was a good question :)

Skunk bear blood's picture

Sweet looking facility the Covelli Center is.  All those home matches will be bomb for the fans.

OFFS

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Desymond's picture

Any idea how many fans it holds? Wondering if it will be tough to get tickets this year. Can't wait to check it out though!

Hopefully the Schott match comes back eventually, that was a freaking cool atmosphere for a dual meet. 

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kiester's picture

I accidentally answered my own same question below: 3,700 seats. 

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Andy Vance's picture

Keister hit it - permanent seating is close to 4k, but wrestling should be a bit higher because they'll have additional floor seating. I'm not sure if it has been approved or not, but there is discussion about wrestling every meet on a platform, which would allow for additional floor seating, and then there is also the possibility of standing-room-only ticketing up on the mezzanine level... Coach Ryan is hoping to push 5k for some of these big meets.

I do think in future seasons there will be meets in St. John and/or The Schott for teams like Penn State, Iowa or Michigan, but the focus on this year is to sell out season tickets and show off the new venue (which is spectacular). When it's full, I think it will be a really intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams.

Desymond's picture

Wow, had no clue it would be close to 4k. That's like the perfect size for a wrestling venue. Small enough to be intimidating, but big enough that I don't need to worry too much about getting tickets lol. 

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Andy Vance's picture

I definitely think that’s the balance. Make the place feel like it’s sold out every night, sell 3k season tickets, no problem.

kiester's picture

Cant wait to take a trip up north to check out the new facility. How many seats does the new building hold?

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kiester's picture

How many seats does the new building hold?

Google says 3,700. Wonder if they'll in future years have occasional matches at the Schott (ie, when PSU comes to town).

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TDunk10's picture

If it gets loud and hostile like St. John did, let's keep it intimate.   

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gobucks1966's picture

Jumped the fence 12 years ago from Ohio to Pa. but wrestling is huge over here. Moved 18 miles but like day and night in that sport here. Not sure why they would ever want to wrestle any place other than the new digs other than seating. Seems like they learned something when building the new arena's in getting it right the first time. I understand the Schot is a mess never been and even the Woody seems like they are always tinkering with it.

Denny

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Knarcisi's picture

Andy, if that ASU ends up on the 3rd and possibly the 4th, that would be just before we head back across the pond. My parents live 2 hours away, so possible that I could make this match. Would love to meet you if so. 

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Andy Vance's picture

Keep me posted! I'll be there for sure!

TiminSC's picture

Sure thought it would be bigger.

Blah to "intimacy." This facility will prove to be too small very soon.

T.in.SC

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Andy Vance's picture

Maybe, but for the other sports it hosts: volleyball, gymnastics, fencing... how much bigger do you think it needs to be? You can get 4k in there without stretching it too much, and for wrestling specifically you can pack maybe up to 5k and still have the option of St. John or The Schott when you want to host Iowa, Penn State or Michigan...