STILLWATER -- John Smith and the Oklahoma State wrestling squad announced their opponents for the 2013-14 season, which is highlighted by visits to Penn State and the University of Iowa.
"I believe, in every way, that this year's schedule will help develop and prepare us for the best regular season and postseason that we can have," Smith said.
The Cowboys, coming off a 20-1 season and a second-place finish at NCAAs, will begin the season at home on Nov. 17 against Bucknell. The Pokes will make a trip to Norman to take on in-state rival Oklahoma on Dec. 1 before returning to Stillwater for a battle against Minnesota on Dec. 8.
The 2013 Big 12 champions will be on the road from Dec. 14 through Jan. 19 to visit Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Iowa, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, respectively. During that time, the Pokes will make their second appearance at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Cowboys return to Gallagher-Iba Arena on Jan. 24, beginning a four-dual home stand, including duals against Iowa State, former Big 12 rival Missouri, Cal State-Bakersfield and Oklahoma.
Traveling to State College, Pa., for the first time since 1996, the Cowboys will take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State led by Cael Sanderson on Feb. 16. They will also wrestle Clarion that same weekend.
The Pokes will return home to finish the dual season in Stillwater with matchups against Arizona State on Feb. 21 and American University on March 2.
For the postseason, the Cowboys will stay close to home as they compete for their 47th conference championship in Norman, Okla., and their 35th national title in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.