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For Immediate Release
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR “GRAPPLE AT THE GARDEN, Presented by Suplay.com” FIVE MORE UNIVERSITIES ADDED, INCLUDING NATIONAL POWERS CORNELL & MISSOURI, TO INAUGURAL COLLEGE WRESTLING EVENT ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
New York, NY, September 25, 2012 — Tickets for the first-ever college wrestling event at Madison Square Garden are now on-sale, MSG Sports announced today. Wrestling fans can purchase tickets for the inaugural Grapple at the Garden, presented by Suplay.com at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.thegarden.com/grapple. Tickets start at $20.00 for the December 16th event at The World’s Most Famous Arena, and fans can purchase tickets in the designated fan section for their respective university. Five additional universities, including perennial top-10 programs Cornell and Missouri as well as Bloomsburg, Drexel, and George Mason will join Bucknell, Chattanooga, Hofstra, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Rutgers for this much anticipated event bringing the total participating institutions to an unprecedented 14 for the one-day dual-meet event. The 14 participating institutions will take to a total of eight wrestling mats on The Garden floor throughout the course of two separate sessions. Session 1 begins at 10:30 a.m. with Drexel vs. George Mason, Rutgers vs. Nebraska, Iowa vs. Hofstra, Ohio State vs. Maryland, Cornell vs. Missouri, and Oklahoma State vs. Chattanooga. Session two, beginning at 12:30 p.m. will feature Iowa vs. Bucknell, Rutgers vs. Chattanooga, Ohio State vs. Hofstra, Nebraska vs. Maryland, Cornell vs. Oklahoma State, and Missouri vs. Bloomsburg. For complete mat schedule, visit thegarden.com/grapple. “Madison Square Garden has a long and legendary history with collegiate athletics and there’s no better way to host our first-ever college wrestling meet than with The Grapple at the Garden,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “We would like to welcome our partners Suplay.com and Premiere Global Sports to this historic event.” “The world’s best known wrestling gear supplier, Suplay.com, is proud to team up with Madison Square Garden, The World’s Most Famous Arena, as presenting partner for the inaugural Grapple at the Garden”, said Gary E. Frey, CEO, Suplay – Wrestler’s World. “This premier wrestling event is ground-breaking for the sport, the college teams involved, and SUPLAY – Wrestler’s World. GRAPPLE AT THE GARDEN is a rare first-time event in our sport, and promises to be an exciting and memorable occasion.” "We are proud to partner with Madison Square Garden and be a part of this inaugural event showcasing such talented athletes from across the country. Visiting The Garden in itself is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we are thrilled to service the nation's collegiate wrestling fans in New York City," said Ken Bruce, Executive Vice President of Premiere Global Sports, College Division.
To learn more about official Grapple at The Garden travel packages, please visit www.GardenGrappleTravel.com or call (877) 701-3295.
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Iowa Head Coach, Tom Brands “International wrestling has had some very strong events in New York City and now it’s exciting to see collegiate wrestling on the big stage in the Big Apple. It’s a historic event and we’re pretty excited to be a part of it.” Oklahoma State Head Coach, John Smith “’Grapple at the Garden’ is going to be a great event. I am excited about all the NYC area wrestlers, including the Beat The Streets athletes, getting a chance to see many great national college wrestling programs. I like that we hit Cornell in New York City.” Cornell Head Coach, Rob Koll “Cornell wrestling is thrilled to be a part of such an historic wrestling event. This will be exciting opportunity for us to expose Cornell University’s large and loyal NYC metropolitan area alumni to the world of Cornell wrestling!”
Missouri Head Coach, Brian Smith “Mizzou is excited to have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Grapple at the Garden’ at a venue as prestigious as Madison Square Garden. Getting to compete in New York City at The Garden is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that our team will always remember. There are some great programs competing in this event and we’re excited to go toe-to-toe with some of the nation’s best in December.” George Mason Head Coach, Joe Russell “We are honored to be part of the first collegiate wrestling event to take place in Madison Square Garden. When The Garden called with the invitation, I was thrilled. We are thankful to our administration for helping make this a reality." Bloomsburg Head Coach, John Stutzman "For Bloomsburg University to be selected as one of the team's to be part of the first collegiate wrestling event at Madison Square Garden is pretty special. The Garden is one of the premier facilities in all of sports and I am looking forward to the chance to compete there along with all the other teams. To be the best you need to wrestle the best, and to have the chance to do that in New York City, in this arena, will be an opportunity we won't forget." Drexel Head Coach, Matt Azevedo “The Drexel Wrestling Team is honored to participate in the inaugural Grapple at the Garden. Being one of the teams that will showcase collegiate wrestling in Madison Square Garden for the first time in its history is a proud moment for our program and the sport of wrestling. This is an exciting opportunity for our wrestlers to represent Drexel University on one of the world's biggest stages.” --Bucknell Head Coach, Dan Wirnsberger: "This is an honor and privilege for the Bucknell Wrestling program to be invited to compete in this prestigious wrestling event in Madison Square Garden. This is a unique opportunity for our student-athletes to experience such a historic venue and to compete against one of the best wrestling programs of all-time, the Iowa Hawkeyes. We look forward to the challenge. "Our participation in this event allows us the opportunity to be involved with something that is even bigger than wrestling, which is the Beat the Streets program of New York City. The organization has a mission to make a difference in young people's lives and teach them life-
long skills through the sport. This is an event our student-athletes are excited to be a part of and will always remember." Maryland Head Coach Kerry McCoy: "We are really excited to have our team participate in this inaugural event. MSG is the World’s Greatest Arena. To compete on that stage will be an awesome experience for our student-athletes."
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Hofstra Head Coach, Rob Anspach: “We are truly excited about participating in the “Grapple at the Garden” in the World’s Most Famous Arena. The Pride has wrestled in some of the great venues around the country over the years. But it is special to bring nine of the top schools in the nation into our backyard for one of the greatest dual match events ever. While we have hosted events at the New York Athletic Club in the city numerous times, the magnitude of wrestling in Madison Square Garden, along with the outstanding teams that are participating, should make this a must-see event for every sports fan.” Chattanooga Head Coach Heath Eslinger: “We are very excited about participating in the “Grapple at the Garden”. To be one of the first collegiate teams to compete in an arena as historic as Madison Square Garden will be a big thrill for everyone involved with our program. It also gives us a chance to challenge ourselves against some of the best teams in the NCAA on one of the biggest stages in the country.” Nebraska Head Coach Mark Manning: "We are very excited to be part of a great event in NYC's Madison Square Garden, which will make for a tremendous atmosphere. Also, New York is an area where we recruit and have a lot of familiarity with HS coaches, so we are truly excited about this unique opportunity." Rutgers Head Coach Scott Goodale: “Rutgers Wrestling is proud to have the opportunity to compete inside our country’s most recognizable arena, Madison Square Garden. The Grapple at the Garden event will bring some the nation’s top wrestling programs to New York City, which is right in Rutgers’ backyard. This is an excellent opportunity for Scarlet Knight fans to be loud and proud in the Garden. Our team and coaching staff will be ready to go.” Ohio State Head Coach Tom Ryan: “The Buckeyes are looking forward to being a part of the MSG Duals and competing against so many great institutions while enjoying all the excitement the Big Apple has to offer,” Tom Ryan, Ohio State head coach, said. “Competing against Coach Anspach’s Hofstra Pride, the defending CAA champions, and Coach McCoy’s Maryland Terrapins, the defending ACC champions, will provide us with some great mid-season challenges.”
About the Madison Square Garden Company The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its high-definition channel, Fuse HD. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com. Premiere Global Sports
As a global leader in sports, providing travel, hospitality, and marketing services for consumers, corporations and universities, Premiere Global Sports leverages the passion and commitment of over 60 employees to deliver memorable, lifetime experiences and world-class solutions. The Premiere Global Sports family of companies shares a common vision and responsibility. At Premiere Global Sports, our vision is to become the chosen provider of premier specialized sports travel and hospitality products and marketing services that anticipate and satisfy the needs of our customers, clients, and partners. As an integrated sports marketing platform we strive daily to balance the premier level of satisfaction consistent with maximizing return for our employees and shareholders. Each day we look for new ways to meet our performance objectives, and use synergies among our business units to search and capitalize on new opportunities or possibilities. Through the industry's most experienced and passionate employees, we will accomplish our vision by maximizing our market and product knowledge, industry relationships, by foreseeing and exceeding customer and client expectations, and using our core capabilities built around customer service and strong management practices. About Suplay.com Suplay.com is the leading catalog and online retailer for wrestling gear worldwide and represents every major wrestling supplier including ASICS, Adidas, NIKE, Brute, Cliff Keen, and Matman. Suplay.com offers the world’s most comprehensive variety of wrestling gear including: wrestling shoes, apparel, protective equipment, bags, ergogenic aids, hygiene protection, mats, scales, training videos, and team supplies. Suplay caters to all levels of wrestling, and is known for competitive pricing with expedited delivery. Suplay prides itself on its professional staff’s unrivaled knowledge of all wrestling matters.
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