June 20, 2013
NEW YORK - MSG Sports announced today that Army is one of 12 schools that will participate in the second annual Grapple at the Garden on Sunday, Dec. 1, at The World's Most Famous Arena. Bloomsburg, Boston University, Cornell, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, Illinois, Maryland, Penn, Princeton and Rutgers will round out the 12-team field.
The full day of wrestling on Dec. 1 will consist of two separate sessions. The 10 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, which is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m., will include Cornell vs. Illinois, Rutgers vs. Maryland, Princeton vs. Army, Bloomsburg vs. Penn, George Mason vs. Drexel and Hofstra vs. Boston University.
Following the success of last year's first-ever collegiate wrestling meet at Madison Square Garden, the second annual Grapple at the Garden has once again attracted a bevy of elite college wrestling programs. Six of the participating schools (Illinois, Cornell, Bloomsburg, Penn, Maryland and Rutgers) finished the 2012-13 season ranked within the top 25.
"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 where college wrestling fans will see elite NCAA competition while experiencing the fully-transformed Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 1."
Grapple at the Garden will feature several stand-out wrestlers, including Illinois' Jesse Delgado, who won the NCAA Championship at 125 pounds last season. Additionally, Cornell's Nahshon Garrett placed third in their respective weight classes at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
"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."
Tickets will be available at a later date. To sign up for the exclusive pre-sale, please visit www.MSGINSIDER.com.
Collegiate wrestling debuted at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2012 with the inaugural Grapple at the Garden which featured 14 teams, six No. 1 ranked wrestlers, five returning National Champions and six of the top 10 teams in the country.
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