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Collegiate wrestling returns to San Diego as the USS Midway 
plays host to the third-annual Battle on the Midway featuring 
Wisconsin, Navy, Army West Point and Fresno State


Collegiate wrestling will make its return to San Diego when the USS Midway Museum plays host to the third-annual Battle on the Midway on Friday, Nov. 1 atop the flight deck of the famed aircraft carrier. Twin duals are scheduled for the first time in the event’s brief history as Fresno State and Army West Point will kick off the 2019 collegiate wrestling season in the opening match (approx. 6:30 p.m. PT), followed immediately thereafter by the University of Wisconsin facing the Naval Academy.

“For nearly 50 years, the USS Midway’s flight deck not only launched jets in defense of freedom, it served as a haven for the crew’s off-duty recreation and sports when ship’s operations permitted,” said USS Midway Museum Marketing Director Scott McGaugh.  “It’s fitting the same holds today for collegiate wrestling.”

Presented by Left Coast Wrestling and the San Diego Imperial Kids Wrestling Association (SDIKWA), 2019 will mark the second consecutive year that the Battle on the Midway will air on national television. CBS Sports Network will deliver the action to a nationwide audience on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 12 noon ET, and again on Veteran’s Day (Monday, Nov. 11) in prime-time at 8 p.m. ET.

The Battle on the Midway is a limited-capacity event and as such a limited number of general admission tickets are available at $25 apiece. They can be purchased at or Gates are set to open at 6 p.m.

This will mark Fresno State’s third appearance in the Battle on the Midway, while Wisconsin, Army and Navy are all making their first-ever appearance aboard the USS Midway. Each of the coaches shared their thoughts about competing in this one-of-a-kind event.

“We are extremely excited to participate in the Battle on the Midway,” said Wisconsin Head Coach Chris Bono. “When we talk about the student-athlete experience, this is one of the best! Our team, coaches and administration are fired up to get to San Diego to open our season.”

“It’s exciting to be part of such a unique event that showcases our sport, and showcases our wrestling program on a national stage,” added Army West Point Head Coach Kevin Ward. “This is the premier event in college wrestling to open our season and we look forward to the opportunity to compete and put on a show in an absolutely incredible venue.”

“I am very excited to kick off the 2019-20 season with a trip to the West Coast to compete on the historic USS Midway,” said Navy Head Coach Joel Sharratt. “It’s an honor for everyone in the field to be a part of this event, but no one more than us here at NAVY. The Academy and our program have such strong ties to San Diego, Coronado Island and Camp Pendleton. We put 85% of our programs graduates in the "TEAMS" or the Marine Corps so we expect to have a great crowd in NAVY BLUE and GOLD Nov. 1st.”



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2019 Battle on the Midway tickets available now. Please call for VIP packages.

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