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Board of Regents OKs new Iowa wrestling training facility

It's official: The Iowa Board of Regents has approved the University of Iowa's plans to build a new wrestling training facility for its storied Hawkeye mat program, one week after the Big Ten school first announced its intention to replace the existing wrestling room inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

On Wednesday, the Board of Regents for the State of Iowa granted approval for the university to begin planning for a new, separate structure for the wrestling program, to be located just south of Carver-Hawkeye, and connected to the iconic arena -- where the Hawkeyes will continue to host home dual meets -- by an underground tunnel.

The new two-level, 37,000-square-foot facility will feature workout facilities, training areas, locker rooms, and office space, along with a Hall of Champions that will showcase the program's legendary history, including 23 NCAA team titles and 35 Big Ten Conference team titles ... along with 84 NCAA individual champs, and 335 NCAA All-American honors.

According to a statement issued by the school, the wrestling program has already raised $9 million to construct the new wrestling training facility, which, according to initial reports, is expected to have a total price tag of $17-$20 million ... all to be paid for by gifts to the UI athletics department, which is self-sustaining, and separate from the university general fund.

Here's how the University of Iowa explained its plan to generate gifts to construct the new Hawkeye wrestling training facility:

"Carver Circle, the Iowa Wrestling facility campaign, will raise funds to meet the needs of one of the most successful athletic programs in the country. UI will now begin planning a new facility adjacent to Carver-Hawkeye Arena that supports Iowa Wrestling's championship standards and validates Iowa City's reputation as the greatest wrestling city in the world."

Those wishing to contribute to the construction of the new Hawkeye wrestling training facility may do so online.

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