Ever wrestled on the ice?
Probably not intentionally. Maybe you wrestled with yourself in a struggle to get back up after falling over on the slippery surface.
But on Sunday, wrestling will be the main purpose of one ice rink in north Fulton County. The Cooler in Alpharetta will roll out the mats to host an NCAA wrestling meet between Ohio State and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The match is set for 2 p.m. and tickets are $20.
The Buckeyes won the NCAA team championship for Division I wrestling in 2015 and were runners-up to Penn State last season. Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll this season.
Snyder is an Olympic Gold Medalist, winning at the Rio games in 2016, and a two-time NCAA champion in the 285-pound class. The senior is also a three-time All-American.
Chattanooga has the only Division I wrestling program in the state of Tennessee and have been very successful. Since 1991, the Mocs have placed at every NCAA tournament and won the Southern Conference championship 18 times.
The Mocs are led by senior Bryce Carr, who won the Southern Conference championship in the 184-pound class last year and qualified for the NCAA tournament. He has wrestled at 174 this season, and could be matched up against Ohio State’s Martin on Sunday.
Sunday’s match is hosted by the Atlanta Takedown Association and before the match there will be a demonstration clinic featuring coaching staffs from each team and Snyder. In addition to the meet ticket, there is an extra $10 fee to attend. The event flyer urges the public to bring their video cameras and to use this time as a meet-and-greet with wrestlers.
Weigh-ins for the meet begin at 1 p.m. After the match, there will be light food and a cash bar at Finley’s, a restaurant inside The Cooler.
The Cooler is located at 10800 Davis Drive in Alpharetta. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticket Leap.