Eight mats of championship action

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For the first time in 20 years, Iowa State will play host to the NCAA Wrestling Championships. The nation's top 330 grapplers -- 33 in 10 weight classes -- will compete March 21-23 in Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena. Seven Cyclones earned a berth to the national championship at the Big 12 Conference meet, including 197-pound champion Kyven Gadson (pictured). All-sessions tickets have sold out, but floor tickets ($77) are available for the 6:30 p.m. Saturday finals.

Beginning March 20, a free fan festival will be held daily in Hy-Vee Hall, adjacent to the arena. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, and 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Activities include interactive exhibits, youth clinics, autograph sessions, displays, presentations and concessions. Monitors will provide festival participants with live coverage of the championships. Photo courtesy of athletics communications.