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The Iowa state high school wrestling championships are finally upon us.
Plenty of COVID-19 safety measures have been implemented by the Iowa High School Athletic Association for wrestlers across the state this February. This week at the state tournament, fans will also need to follow specific guidelines in order to attend.
Here's what you need to know for this year's wrestling tournament, whether you're attending or not.
Masks are required
According to the Iowa High School Athletic Association's website, all attendees must wear a mask at Wells Fargo Arena.
"Every person two years of age or older (is required) to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in a public place, unless they qualify for an exemption or are actively participating (wrestlers, officials) in the event," the association writes.
The Iowa high school state wrestling tournament will social distance
According to the Iowa High School Athletic Association's website, more than 75,000 individuals attend the state wrestling tournaments each year. Attendance will be much smaller because of the pandemic. A Jan. 21 release stated there will be "less than 4,000 tickets per session this year."
As such, capacity will be restricted each day, per the association. Seating will be reserved in groups of two, four, or six seats.
Where to park in downtown Des Moines
For those driving to the tournament, there are a handful of meter, street, and parking lot options for vehicles.
These all range in price — some are free; others (like meters and some lots) are not.
Click or tap here for an interactive map with full parking details.
Food options at Iowa high school state wrestling
Wells Fargo Arena will serve concessions, but for those interested in eating outside the venue, you can find burgers, Chinese food, coffee and more in the Des Moines Skywalk.
A full list of options can be found here.
Wells Fargo Arena has a clear-bag policy
If you're planning on bringing a bag into Wells Fargo Arena, it needs to be clear and within a certain size.
"A maximum size of 12″ x 6″ x 12″ is permitted," the Iowa High School Athletic Association states. "Exceptions will be made for bags containing items required for medical, family or child care."
How to watch Iowa state wrestling online, and on TV
For those looking to stream the event, there are a few options. You can watch on TrackWrestling (for a one-time payment) or online at the Iowa High School Sports Network's website or app (free).
Can't attend the meet? We've got you covered: How to watch and follow the Iowa state high school wrestling tournament this week
Wanting to watch on TV? If you're in the Des Moines area:
- Digital HD 17.1|17.3
- Mediacom 111
- DirecTV 17
- Dish Network 17
For statewide television options, visit here.
What's the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament schedule?
- Session 1: Class 1A first round, first-round wrestlebacks, 9 a.m.
- Session 2: Class 3A first round, first-round wrestlebacks, 1:30 p.m.
- Session 3: Class 2A first round, first-round wrestlebacks, 6 p.m.
- Session 4: Class 1A, 3A quarterfinals, second-round wrestlebacks, 9 a.m.
- Session 5: Class 2A quarterfinals, 1A semifinals, quarterfinal wrestlebacks, 2A second-round wrestlebacks, 2:30 p.m.
- Session 6: Class 3A, 2A semifinals, quarterfinal wrestlebacks, 7:30 p.m.
- Session 7: Class 3A, 2A, 1A semifinal wrestlebacks, medal matches, 10 a.m.
- Session 8: Class 3A, 2A, 1A finals, 6 p.m.
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Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83.