Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena averaged 8,526 fans for dual meets this past season (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
College wrestling fans are passionate about the sport ... the athletes who step onto the mat ... and even the facilities where the action takes place.
What's more, fans are more than willing to share their opinions about these issues online.
Last week, NCAA.com asked fans to weigh in with their choices for best places to watch college wrestling.
"Nearly 300 fans let us know their favorite places to watch the sport via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook last week," according to NCAA.com. "We read them all, tallied the votes and came to a conclusion. Based on voting through 10 p.m. on Sept. 29, here are the best places to watch college wrestling, according to the fans ..."
It was a close, hard-fought battle for the top spot ... with just ten points separating the top vote-getter and the runner-up.
The list includes five wrestling venues at schools that are well-known and well-respected across the nation. And there's a sixth facility that one program uses from time-to-time that really puts the oldest-and-greatest sport in the spotlight, so to speak.
Then again, there's an emerging trend among many college programs hosting dual meets in seemingly unexpected places. As NCAA.com's Shannon Scovel wrote, "Duals have also occurred in Yankee Stadium, on football fields, on college quads and in theaters. Last year, North Carolina State and Oklahoma State competed in the first college wrestling dual in Italy when they battled at U.S. Navy base in Naples."
To see the list of the five best places to watch college wrestling (according to wrestling fans) -- and read about these storied homes for collegiate wrestling programs -- be sure to visit NCAA.com.