Battle on the Midway: Fresno State faces Stanford in college wrestling contest aboard USS Midway

Posted at 10:30 AM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 13:30:41-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Fresno State will face Stanford in the second annual Battle on the Midway wrestling competition Tuesday night on the flight deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway.

"This is big for the entire sport of wrestling to be able to take part in such a unique event like this on one of the most famous aircraft carriers ever commissioned," Fresno State coach Troy Steiner said. "It was a great honor to take part in the first-ever Battle on the Midway."

The Bulldogs lost to Air Force, 24-12, in last year's event.

This season, Fresno State is 3-3, Stanford 1-0.

Gates to the USS Midway will open at 6 p.m. Preliminary matches involving members of the Team USA wrestling program will begin at 6:30. The Fresno State-Stanford match is set to begin at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at and Tickets can also be purchased from noon-5 p.m. in the lobby of the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown. There will be no walk-up sales at the USS Midway.

The USS Midway was commissioned Sept. 10, 1945, eight days after Japan surrendered to end World War II. It saw action during the Vietnam War and served as the Persian Gulf flagship in Operation Desert Storm. It was decommissioned in 1992.