AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State wrestling team announced its schedule for the 2013-14 season today. The Cyclones, who finished 11-5 (3-3 Big 12) last season will open their 2013-14 campaign with a double-header against NAIA opponent Grand View and CAA member Drexel on Nov. 7 at Hilton Coliseum.
The dual with the Vikings marks the first meeting between the two schools and just the fifth dual all-time against an NAIA opponent for the Cyclones. Drexel will also be making its first appearance ever in Ames. Last season, Iowa State traveled to Philadelphia and beat the Dragons 31-12, scoring bonus points in six of the eight matches. Drexel is coached by former Cyclone Matt Azevedo.
The nonconference schedule is highlighted by the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series dual with Iowa, slated for 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Hilton Coliseum. The mat will once again be elevated on a platform and be located in the center of the arena.
The raised platform provides optimal viewing of this elite wrestling event. Season ticket holders will have their seats adjusted one section to the east to reflect the shifted wrestling mat and platform. All seating in Hilton Coliseum will be reserved. To view a seating diagram for the Iowa dual click here.
Wrestling season ticket holders have the first opportunity to purchase single-meet tickets for this event. To purchase, either indicate the number of tickets on the renewal you will receive in your mailbox or follow the steps online. To guarantee your seats, be sure to purchase your Iowa State vs. Iowa wrestling tickets by Oct. 28. Single-meet tickets will be available to the public beginning Oct. 30.
On Dec. 6, the Cyclones will head to Las Vegas, Nev. for the two-day Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, marking the school's first appearance at the event. For more information on the tournament and other participating schools, click here.
On Jan. 1, Iowa State will head to Chattagnooga, Tenn. for the coveted Southern Scuffle, which has become one of the premiere holiday tournaments in collegiate wrestling. For more information on the coveted tournament, click here.
The Cyclones will be back in the NWCA National Duals this season on Feb. 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio. The appearance marks Iowa State's first since hosting a national duals regional in 2012. The schedule for the 2014 NWCA National Duals will be announced at a later date.
Iowa State will close out the regular season at home against perennial wrestling power Minnesota on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Iowa State leads the all-time series with the Gophers 44-16-2.
The 2013-14 season closes with the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla. on March 8 and the NCAA Championships on March 20-22 in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena, home to the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.