COLUMBUS, Ohio - If attendance figures are any indication, the interest in Ohio State wrestling is at an all-time high. The Buckeyes finished third nationally this year in average attendance, coming in at 5,800 fans per dual match. That makes an increase of nearly 1,500 fans/dual over 2015-16.
Ohio State hosted four duals in Columbus this past season, headlined by a record-breaking crowd of over 15,000 in attendance at the Schottenstein Center to see the Buckeyes take on No. 1 Penn State in February. That crowd (15,388) ranks as one of the top five largest crowds all-time to see a college dual.
The Buckeyes also drew 2,820 for its home opener against Missouri in December and 3,279 for a conference showdown against Illinois in January. The bump in attendance comes after the Scarlet and Gray drew over 4,300 fans in 2014-15 and 2015-16 to finish four nationally both years.
As a whole, 19 different schools had an average of 1,000 fans or more per match. The 15,388 that saw the Ohio State-Penn State dual was the largest indoor crowd of the year (16,178 saw Rutgers take on Princeton inside High Point Solutions Stadium in November).