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Bout at the ballpark: Cowboys, Hawkeyes announce dual at Globe Life

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Oklahoma State's Daton Fix lifts Iowa's Austin DeSanto during the Oklahoma State vs Iowa wrestling dual in Gallgher-Iba Arena in Stillwater on Sunday, Feb. 24,2019. 

One of the greatest rivalries in college wrestling will be staged at Globe Life Field Feb. 12.

Oklahoma State and the defending national champion Iowa Hawkeyes will battle in the Bout at the Ballpark in Arlington at 6:30 p.m.

“We look forward to the opportunity and let’s pack the house,” Cowboy coach John Smith said.

OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg said this dual was a year in the making. He made an initial pitch Globe Life Field and finally put the idea to paper.

“We got approached by Globe Life Field and at the beginning, I was a little concerned if it made any sense and as I really focused on it, it made a lot of sense,” Smith said. “And it was something much more than just the dual meet.”

Additionally, senior national teams from the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Iran will dual simultaneously. Each duals will alternate matches.

“I think this event will mark a great opportunity for us to take the next step forward for our sport,” USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender said. “We are really grateful to be able to partner with one of the most storied international wrestling programs in history and that is the wrestling federation from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning 10 a.m. Thursday on the Texas Rangers website.

Sean Decker, president of REV Entertainment said the mats will be staged between the mound and second base. Floor seating will be added to increase capacity.