New pro league that fills gap for college wrestlers and fans secures Menominee Nation Arena for matches
Fans can purchase season tickets and live-streaming subscriptions starting February 20, 2019
(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – Former college wrestlers and fans around the world have a new opportunity to enjoy the sport they love. American Prostyle Wrestling LLC (APW) is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with Menominee Nation Arena to host and broadcast all of its inaugural season matches.
APW recently launched a team-based league that combines the three wrestling disciplines of Greco-Roman, Freestyle, and Folkstyle into one action-packed, specialized form of combat. Eight teams, including both male and female athletes, will compete against one another in dual matches to be held at the arena monthly from July 2019 through February 2020.
“Because wrestling is a marketable sport with a strong fan base, wrestlers should be able to make money doing something they love,” says Daniel Jackson, American Prostyle Wrestling founder. The former University of Minnesota wrestler and high school coach adds, “We created this league to provide wrestlers some financial security while pursuing their dreams after college of competing internationally and winning Olympic and World Championship medals.”
“We’re excited to offer this unique sporting event not only to wrestling fans in the Midwest, but around the world through live-streaming and the state-of-the-art technology in our facility,” says Greg Pierce, President, Fox Valley Pro Basketball.
Several national champions and Division I and II All-Americans have already committed to the league, like Nick Becker, a 2018 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
“After college, I really wanted to keep competing, but financially it wasn’t feasible for me, and I had no interest in competing in leagues like WWE [World Wrestling Entertainment] or MMA [mixed martial arts],” says Becker, the three-time NCAA Division II champion. “So, I did what a lot of former wrestlers do and began coaching. I’m excited that this summer I’ll be back competing on the mat.”
“I wish APW would have been an option for me after college,” says Dan “The Beast” Severn, former UFC champion. “While I was successful professionally in other formats, I’m a ‘wrestling purist’ at heart. APW matches will be family-friendly with some of the ‘best of the best’ former college wrestlers competing against one another.”
Season tickets to watch matches in person will go on sale February 20th and start at $150. Fans from around the world can enjoy all of the action from the comfort of home, as APW will live-stream all matches. An annual subscription to watch the entire first season is only $45 and will be available at apswrestling.com.
About American Prostyle Wrestling
The mission of American Prostyle Wrestling LLC is to preserve the great sport of wrestling for future generations by giving college wrestlers an opportunity to earn money while they pursue their dreams of competing in the Olympics or World Championships. We are currently accepting applications for wrestlers and referees. To apply or learn more, including about remaining opportunities for sponsorships, visit www.apswrestling.com.
About the Menominee Nation Arena
Opened in December 2017 under the leadership of Fox Valley Pro Basketball, the newly developed arena has capacity to hold up to 4,000 people. It’s also equipped with the latest technology and offers club-level VIP seating, food, beverage, retail space and other entertainment amenities. The state-of-the-art facility is home to the Wisconsin Herd, the Milwaukee Bucks G League® basketball team. The arena hosts other sporting and entertainment events when not in use by the team.