UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Head coach Cael Sanderson and the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team have put together an exciting schedule for the 2013-14 season, with eight home duals and a strong slate of road action. As part of the home schedule, the Nittany Lions will return to the Bryce Jordan Center for a dual meet for the first time since 2005. Please note that all Penn State athletic schedules are pending approval by the Faculty Senate.
The season starts with a team trip to the Binghamton Open at the University of Binghamton in New York. The one-day tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 10, at BU. Penn State, three-time defending NCAA and Big Ten Champions, begins dual meet action with a mid-November road trip to Rider and Lehigh. The Nittany Lions open up the 2013-14 slate at Rider on Saturday, Nov. 16, in a 6 p.m. dual. The next day, Penn State visits long-time in-state rival Lehigh for a 3 p.m. match-up on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Penn State gives fans eight home duals this year, beginning with the home opener in Rec Hall on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Nittany Lions welcome the Lock Haven Bald Eagles for a 2 p.m. match-up on that day. Penn State will then visit Boston University for the first time in school history. The Nittany Lions and the Terriers will tangle on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
Dual meet wrestling returns to the Bryce Jordan Center for the first time since 2005 when the Nittany Lions host traditional in-state rival Pittsburgh on Dec. 8. The dual is set for 2 p.m. The last time Penn State wrestled a dual meet in the BJC was Feb. 8, 2005, against Ohio State. The Pitt dual will be the sixth Nittany Lion dual meet held in the venue. The Penn State single-dual attendance record (11,275) was set in the BJC when the Nittany Lions hosted Iowa on Dec. 6, 1996.
The next weekend, Penn State opens up Big Ten action by hosting Ohio State in Rec Hall. The Lions and Buckeyes will tangle at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Nittany Lions will once again ring in the New Year in Chattanooga, Tenn., as the squad will look to win its fourth straight Southern Scuffle title. Penn State will take part in the nation's premier team scored regular season tournament on Jan. 1-2, 2014, at UT-Chattanooga.
Rec Hall will be the site of Penn State's next action when the Lions welcome Big Ten foe Purdue to the building on Sun., Jan. 12, for a 2 p.m. clash. The Lions then visit Indiana on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., before returning home quickly to host Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. in Rec Hall. Another Big Ten opponent visits Rec Hall on Friday, Feb. 24, when Illinois makes the trip to Happy Valley for a 7 p.m. dual.
Penn State then embarks upon a three-dual conference road swing with a jaunt through Michigan. The Nittany Lions visit Michigan State on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. and then trek to Ann Arbor for a match-up with the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. The next weekend, Penn State travels to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 2 p.m. (Eastern)/1 p.m. (Central) on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Sanderson's squad will close out its regular season with two duals in Rec Hall. National power Oklahoma State will invade Rec Hall on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. The two teams battled for the NCAA crown in Des Moines a year ago with the Nittany Lions winning their third straight title by a close four-point margin (123.5-119.5). The two teams last met in Rec Hall on Feb. 16, 1996. The Lions close out the dual schedule by hosting in-state opponent Clarion on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m.
Penn State begins post-season action at the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. This year's two-day event runs Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9, and will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The tournament serves as the national qualifier for all Big Ten teams. The 2014 NCAA Championships are set for March 20-22, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Once again, the full season of Rec Hall duals is sold out on a season-ticket basis but single dual standing room only tickets will be available. This year's season ticket package features eight duals (including the Pitt dual in the BJC). Information on season ticket renewals will be arriving to season ticket holders very soon. The sales of SRO tickets for the Rec Hall duals as well as the general public sale for the BJC dual will begin in October with an announcement on details and instructions being made at that time.
For information on Penn State wrestling tickets (including being placed on a waiting list for season tickets) call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Penn State ticket office in the BJC during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at www.twitter.com/pennstateWRES and on Penn State Wrestling's facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling.
The full 2013-14 Penn State Wrestling Schedule is as follows:
Sun. 10 -- at Binghamton Open, All Day
Sat. 16 -- at Rider, 6 p.m.
Sun. 17 -- at Lehigh, 3 p.m.
Sun. 24 -- LOCK HAVEN, 2 p.m.
Fri. 6 -- at Boston 7 p.m.
Sun. 8 -- PITTSBURGH (in BJC), 2 p.m.
Sun. 15 -- OHIO STATE*, 2 p.m.
W/Th. 1-2 -- Southern Scuffle, Chattanooga, Tenn., All Day
Sun. 12 -- PURDUE*, 2 p.m.
Fri. 17 -- at Indiana*, 7 p.m.
Sun. 19 -- NORTHWESTERN*, 2 p.m.
Fri. 24 -- ILLINOIS*, 7 p.m.
Fri. 31 -- at Michigan State*, 7 p.m.
Sun. 2 -- at Michigan*, 2 p.m.
Sun. 9 -- at Minnesota*, 2 p.m.
Sun. 16 -- OKLAHOMA STATE, 2 p.m.
Sun. 23 -- CLARION, 2 p.m.
Sa./Su. 8-9 -- Big Ten Championships, Madison, Wis., Times TBA
Sat. 8 -- Session 1 -- Opening Round
Session 2 -- Semifinals
Sun. 9 -- Session 3 -- Consolation, 7th place bouts
Session 4 -- Championship Finals, 3rd and 5th
Th./Sa. 20-22 2013 NCAA Championships, Oklahoma City, Okla., Times TBA
Thur. 20 -- Session 1 -- 1st Round
Thur. 20 -- Session 2 -- 2nd Round/Consolations
Fri. 21 -- Session 3 -- Quarterfinals/Consolations
Fri. 21 -- Session 4 -- Semifinals/All-America Round
Sat. 22 -- Session 5 -- Medal Rounds
Sat. 22 -- Session 6 -- Championship Finals