Grand View to Host 2012 NAIA Wrestling Championships
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Des Moines has been awarded the 2012 NAIA Wresting Championships. Grand View University will serve as the local host of the event, working in conjunction with Des Moines Area Sports Commission, which will take place March 1-3, 2012, at the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Approximately 320 athletes from around the country will compete and 10 individual national champions will be crowned. Grand View started its wrestling program in 2008 and is one of the top wrestling programs in the nation. In its first three years of competition, the Vikings have crowned three individual champions, placed in the top ten each year, and the team placed fifth in 2011.
“Grand View is very excited to be the host of the 2012 NAIA Wrestling Championships. The popularity of wrestling in Des Moines and surrounding areas will make for a great atmosphere for the national event. We look forward to working with the NAIA and the Des Moines Sports Commission to provide a quality event for the athletes competing and the coaches and fans attending the Championships,” said Grand View Athletic Director Troy Plummer.
The state of Iowa has hosted seven previous wrestling championships. The 2011 Championships were help in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City hosted the event from 2005-08. The NAIA estimates that 5,000-8,000 fans attend the wrestling championships each year.