Earlier this afternoon, the Big Ten announced its conference dual schedule for the 2023-24 season. The Big Ten is typically the last conference to release schedules as they typically have to work around many of the same venues for basketball and because of broadcast plans. The B1G Wrestling Twitter (X?) account did a good job with a handy graphic that can serve as a master schedule.
After a glance or two at the master schedule and perusing some of the Big Ten schedules that have been posted here are seven immediate reactions.
Shane Griffith versus Carter Starocci - January 19th in Ann Arbor
The Big Ten added a past national champion as Shane Griffith joined the Michigan team as a graduate transfer. Griffith is expected to move up from his customary 165 lb weight class to compete at 174 for the Wolverines. A new face at a new weight makes for some interesting potential matchups. First and foremost is against three-time national champion Carter Starocci of Penn State. The two are slated to battle in the second week of the conference schedule on a Friday night. It’s possible that two could scrap at the conference tournament and nationals too. Another key bout for Griffith in his new conference would be a week later against All-American Carson Kharchla (Ohio State). The two wrestled at the 2021 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Griffith prevailed, 5-4.
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