United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation, has awarded the 2018 Freestyle World Cup to USA Wrestling, which will host the event at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa in April 2018.
The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and features the top eight men's freestyle wrestling teams in the world. It is one of the most prestigious and important international wrestling events held each year, and will feature many of the top freestyle stars in the world.
The local organizing committee will be the same group of leaders who hosted the highly-successful 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The local organizing committee is led by the University of Iowa Athletics and the Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau and includes leaders from the City of Iowa City, City of Coralville and City of North Liberty.
"USA Wrestling is extremely pleased that the Freestyle World Cup is returning to the United States in 2018. We are excited to partner with our hosts at the University of Iowa and in the Iowa City community, who have been leaders in presenting the two most successful U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling in history. The Freestyle World Cup is a fabulous competition which fans will enjoy. Iowa City is one of the greatest wrestling cities in the world and Carver-Hawkeye Arena is a historic location that will be a spectacular showcase for our sport," said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director.
The sold-out 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials smashed the attendance record for a U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, with a two-day total of 54,766 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials was equally successful, with the second-largest attendance total in event history.
This will be the 30th time the United States has hosted the event, the most of any nation. Iowa City will be the ninth U.S. city to host the Freestyle World Cup. U.S. wrestling leaders created this event in Toledo, Ohio in 1973, and it has developed into a showcase for Olympic wrestling. Visit www.unitedworldwrestling.org for information about the organizing body.