Tickets available for 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala

Here's your invitation to walk the red carpet ... for wrestling.

Tickets are now available for the 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala, an opportunity to meet U.S. wrestlers, celebrities and heroes who love the oldest and greatest sport.

The event will take place Thursday, June 9 at L.A. Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

"Join us for an inspirational evening with the toughest people on the planet -- our heroes from the military, MMA champions, stars from movies and entertainment, our Olympic and wrestling greats, and some very special guests," according to the website announcing the event, which is presented by the US Wrestling Foundation and USA Wrestling.

The website also describes the 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala as a "game-changing event to grow wrestling. This is a star-studded night out on the red carpet to meet the stars and heroes who love our sport." It offers supporters of the sport an unbeatable opportunity to provide a great sendoff for Team USA wrestlers as they prepare for World Cup competition before the 2016 Rio Games this August.

Among the featured guests:
  • Kurt Angle (NCAA heavyweight champ for Clarion; Olympic gold medalist)
  • Daniel Cormier (Oklahoma State All-American; current UFC light-heavyweight champ)
  • Randy Couture (Oklahoma State All-American; three-time UFC heavyweight champ; actor)
  • Steve Fraser (Olympic gold medalist; U.S. Greco-Roman coach)
  • Rulon Gardner (Olympic gold medalist)
  • Dan Henderson (Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ)
  • Bennett Miller (Oscar-nominated film director "Foxcatcher")
  • Ben Reed (actor)
  • Anthony Robles (NCAA champ for Arizona State; ESPN wrestling announcer)
  • Brian Stann (U.S. Marine Silver Star honoree; UFC commentator; CEO for Hire Heroes USA)
  • Joe Warren (World champion in Greco-Roman; Bellator MMA champ)
  • Michael Trucco (actor)

    The 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala begins with a "Meet the Stars" opportunity from 5-6 p.m., followed by a VIP reception from 6-7 p.m. The General Reception runs from 7-9 p.m.

    Individual tickets are available for $600 each; a table for ten is $5,000. Additional unique options for sponsorship are available; for details, contact Mark Malick at (412) 378-4509 or email him at

    For more information on the 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala, visit the official website, call Jack Clark at (703) 297-6351; or email him at

    Donations made be made online at

    The U.S. Wrestling Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tax ID # 37-1698099 that supports the missions of USA Wrestling, the National Wrestling Coaches Association, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, to grow wrestling at all levels and develop opportunities for new participants.
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