NCAA Wrestling Championships: Oklahoma City experience goes over well with wrestling fans

Penn State wrestling fan Kirk Bussell has attended the last five NCAA Wrestling Championships and said Oklahoma City was his favorite venue of the group.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 23, 2014

Wrestling fans seemed pleased with their experience in Oklahoma City and said they would return if the NCAA Wrestling Championships were held here again.

For Corky Hanson, 57, of Crookston, Minn., it was his first visit to Oklahoma City.

“The fans are good. They are very knowledgeable about wrestling,” he said. “If you love wrestling, it’s a great place to come.”

Hanson and his traveling partner, Wayne Hamilton of Maple Grove, Minn., have attended more than 20 NCAA championships together.

“We love Oklahoma City,” said Hamilton, 59. “It’s a great place to visit. The Bricktown area is very nice. This is a great arena. I think you’ve got a lot of seating.”

Penn State wrestling fan Kirk Bussell has attended the last five NCAA Wrestling Championships and said Oklahoma City was his favorite venue of the group.

“The city is nice and wide open, relatively few traffic jams,” said Bussell, who lives near Hershey, Pa. “There is plenty of space here. It’s not like going into a typical metropolitan city. The highway system is easy to get in and out of.

“The people are absolutely wonderful. From the people taking your ticket at the door to the parking attendants, everybody is extremely polite. That cliché, Midwestern hospitality thing, holds true.”

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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