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6-4-18: From USA Wrestling: For immediate release
June 23 Final X at Lehigh has been moved to historic Grace Hall at Lehigh University
USA Wrestling, the USA's national governing body for wrestling, and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, has announced that the Final X at Lehigh wrestling event has been moved to historic Grace Hall. The main card will begin at 7 pm ET, with a preliminary True Third Place bouts slated for 5:00 pm.
Previously, Final X at Lehigh was scheduled to be held at Stabler Arena. Tickets remain available. Currently, VIP tickets are sold out. Reserve tickets are $62, with General Admission tickets at $20. Fans should go to the tickets tab on the official Final X website at: www.FinalX.tv Fans who previously purchased tickets for Stabler will have seats transferred to the appropriate location in Grace Hall. The Lehigh ticket office will handle the exchange of tickets and notify everyone affected.
The main card will determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men's and women's freestyle wrestling, featuring the nation's top two athletes in the seven weights on the card. It will be a best-of-three series in each weight class, with winners earning spots on Team USA at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.
The venue change will allow fans to enjoy one of the most historic wrestling settings in the sport's history. Grace Hall has been the home of Lehigh wrestling since 1942. Known throughout wrestling as "the Snake Pit," Grace Hall provides an unmatched environment, with seating for over 2,000 fans.
A multi-million dollar upgrade in 2003 helped modernize the facility, while keeping its charm and intimate fan accessibility. A generous donation from the Harmons, John a Lehigh alumnus and national wrestling leader, provided a VIP skybox, modern sound and lighting and retractable seating. It's now officially Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall.
Grace Hall hosted NCAA Wrestling Tournaments in 1948 and 1951, the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in 1948, and the storied EIWA Tournament in 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1961.
The main card for Final X at Lehigh starts at 7:00 p.m., featuring 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist J'den Cox, 2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski, Olympian Haley Augello, Junior World champions Whitney Conder and Victoria Anthony and other exciting international stars.
The preliminary card of True Third Place bouts is set for 5:00 p.m. and will feature stars including 2012 Olympian Kelsey Campbell, two-time World Team member Tony Ramos, three-time WCWA national champion Cody Pfau and 2018 U.S. Open champion Austin Schafer.
The bout order for Final X at Lehigh will be announced shortly. FloWrestling will provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of the three-event Final X series. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4, as well as on desktop or mobile web via FloWrestling.com
The other two Final X competitions are Final X in Lincoln on June 9, and Final X at State College on June 16. Tickets for all three Final X events can be purchased at www.FinalX.tv