Des Moines will play host to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Wrestling National Championship this weekend. The Championship will focus on keeping the five core values of the organization at the heart of the athlete experience: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. This event is expected to generate more than $1.6 million in economic impact for Greater Des Moines.


The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Wrestling National Championship allows top wrestlers from all over the country to compete for the title.

Catch Des Moines is the host of the event, partnered with Grand View University as host institution. NAIA, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to 
character-driven intercollegiate athletics.

Price: Adult All Sessions: $45; Student All Sessions: $30; Adult Single Session: $16; Student Single Session: $12; Ages 3 & under are free

For tickets and more details regarding the event, visit


Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds


March 2-3, 2018
Sessions begin at 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday


240 wrestlers and more than 3,000 spectators from across the country


Laura Briggs, Destination Services Manager of Catch Des Moines, or (515) 699-3456

Greg Edwards, President & CEO of Catch Des Moines, or (515) 699-3438

Marc Burchard, Manager of Championship Events of NAIA, or (816) 595-8153

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