Providing unique entertainment is a goal and “Beauty and the Beast” drew a great crowd


Iowa State’s wrestling starters walked into Hilton Coliseum Friday night accompanied by either one or two Cyclone gymnasts. It was a way to introduce the home school’s competitors (both gymnastics and wrestling) for the Beauty and the Beast event.

The unique, simultaneous competitions for the wrestlers (against 20th-ranked UNI) and the gymnasts (facing No. 2 Oklahoma) drew 7,732 fans. That was the largest home crowd ever to see the gymnasts and was the season-high gathering for the wrestlers.

Foe the die-hard fans of each sport, here’s the summary:

·        The wrestlers won six of 10 bouts and “separated itself from UNI with bonus points” according to Coach Kevin Jackson. Kyven Gadson earned a pin.

·        The gymnasts scored their season high and left Coach Jay Ronayne feeling his team was getting stronger. “OU’s not No. 2 in the country for any reason other than they’re really, really good,” he said.

Whether you focused on just wrestling (that was the guy in front of me) or gymnastics (the three girls several rows ahead) or the family to my right (bouncing back and forth), it was a showcase event and very entertaining.

A year ago, the marketing department for ISU Athletics was named “Best in the Nation” by NACMA. We’re willing to try new things – such as Cyclone FanFest or Beauty and the Beast or Cy’s House of Trivia (hosted by the Special Events staff) – to catch your interest.

Judging by the big crowd and happy comments in the concourses afterwards Friday night, it’s pretty obvious that Beauty and the Beast was another success.

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