Grapple at the Garden - Presented by Suplay.comAs a knowledgeable wrestling fan, you’re probably aware of all the storylines playing out in the current NCAA season. Will Penn State be able to win a third consecutive team championship or will Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Iowa, or another contender rise up to the challenge? Will Penn State’s 2 time Champ, David Taylor, be able to defend his title from challenger, Kyle Dake, Cornell’s 3 time champ. Will Tony Nelson score another individual title or will he be brought to his wrestling knee pads by rival Alan Gelogaev?

While it’s great to know what’s happening in the wrestling world right now, true fans also take the time to learn about the sport’s history. To save you from having to do the research yourself, we’ve compiled a short list of interesting facts from NCAA collegiate wrestling’s past:

  • The first championships were held in 1928, but no official team scores were kept. Oklahoma State, which produced four individual champs, was later declared the unofficial winner.
  • NCAA Division I wrestling championships have been held every year since 1934. The only exceptions were from 1943-45 due to World War II.
  • Oklahoma State has won the most NCAA wrestling championships, with a total of 34. Their last title came in 2006, capping off a four-peat.
  • Dan Gable’s legendary Iowa Hawkeyes teams won an astonishing nine championships in a row from 1978-1986, an NCAA record.
  • Cael Sanderson of Iowa State stands as the greatest Division I wrestler of all time. He not only won four straight championships, but also went undefeated in the process. Sanderson ended his collegiate career with an unblemished 159-0 record.
  • Cornell is the only private school to have ever won the Division I team title. The Big Red celebrated this feat in 1947.

Looking to the past isn’t the only way to gain a deeper appreciation of the sport. Future events, such as the upcoming Grapple at the Garden in New York City, also have the potential to create new chapters in the annals of collegiate wrestling history. This competition, which Suplay is proud to sponsor, will take place on December 16 and will showcase many of the nation’s top teams, including Iowa, Missouri, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State, in a one-day, dual-meet format that is the first of its kind at MSG. Why not come out and witness this potentially historic event in person?

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