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    Bucknell announces schedule

    LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell head wrestling coach Dan Wirnsberger on Thursday announced the Bison's 2015-16 schedule. Highlighting the challenging slate will be four dual matches in Sojka Pavilion, including a season-opening matchup against EIWA rival Lehigh on Nov. 6.

    Bucknell, which registered a school-record 15 wins last year, will wrestle seven duals at home and four of them will take place in Sojka. The other three will be held in Davis Gym. The Bison will host perennial national power Oklahoma (Jan. 15) in Sojka and will compete in the facility Jan. 23 as part of a tripleheader with duals against EIWA foes Harvard (12 p.m.) and Brown (7 p.m.) sandwiched around a mid-afternoon Bucknell women's basketball contest.

    The Bison will also host Gardner Webb (Dec. 19), Lock Haven (Jan. 21) and Bloomsburg (Jan. 31) in Davis Gym.

    The season opener against Lehigh will mark the first time the Bison and Mountain Hawks have squared off since November 2013 when Bucknell posted its first victory in series history. Lehigh last wrestled in Lewisburg in February 2013.

    Oklahoma will be paying its first visit to Lewisburg as Bucknell begins a five-match homestand against the Sooners. The Bison will wrestle five of their seven home matches in a 17-day span in the second half of January.

    Bucknell will open its road schedule Nov. 13 at EIWA opponent Franklin & Marshall. The Bison will also wrestle at the Michigan State Open and Navy Classic in the season's opening month.

    Bucknell will travel to Las Vegas for the competitive Cliff Keen Invitational the first weekend in December and will make a ninth consecutive appearance at the Virginia Duals in early January.

    The regular-season schedule will conclude with six consecutive dual matches in February, including five against EIWA foes.

    This year's EIWA Championships are slated for March 4-5 at Princeton, while the NCAA Championships will take place March 17-19 at Madison Square Garden. Bucknell had six EIWA placewinners and four NCAA qualifiers during a successful 2014-15 campaign.

    2015-16 Bucknell Wrestling Schedule
    Nov. 6: Lehigh* (Sojka Pavilion)
    Nov. 13: at Franklin & Marshall*
    Nov. 15: at Michigan State Open
    Nov. 21: at Navy Classic
    Dec. 4-5: at Cliff Keen Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.)
    Dec. 19: Gardner Webb (Davis Gym)
    Jan. 8-9: at Virginia Duals (Hampton, Va.)
    Jan. 15: Oklahoma (Sojka Pavilion)
    Jan. 21: Lock Haven (Davis Gym)
    Jan. 23: Harvard* & Brown* (Sojka Pavilion)
    Jan. 31: Bloomsburg (Davis Gym)
    Feb. 7: at Sacred Heart*
    Feb. 13: at American* & at George Mason
    Feb. 14: at Penn*
    Feb. 19: at Binghamton*
    Feb. 20: at Columbia*
    March 4-5: at EIWA Championships (Princeton, N.J.)
    March 17-19: at NCAA Championships (New York, N.Y.)

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