This Week in the Big 12 (11/11)

California Baptist 184 lber Caden Gerlach (photos courtesy of Tony Rotundo;

It's week two of the college wrestling season and after a great start for the Big 12 with North Dakota State and Iowa State knocking off Nebraska and Wisconsin, some other conference squads have a shot to make their mark for the conference. Let's dive in and look at the slate for this week and some of the highlights for the conference.

Saturday 11/12

  • Missouri-Tiger Style Invite
  • Wyoming-Cowboy Open
  • Northern Iowa-Grand View Open
  • North Dakota State and South Dakota State-Bison Open
  • Air Force-Mountaineer Invitational
  • Oklahoma vs. Lehigh and Buffalo at Journeymen WrangleMania
  • Oklahoma State at Lehigh and Bucknell
  • Northern Colorado at Binghamton
  • California Baptist at Iowa State and Iowa

    Sunday 11/13

  • West Virginia and Northern Colorado at Bearcat Open
  • Oklahoma at Journeymen Classic

    Lots of Tournaments

    The first week of wrestling in the Big 12 had some big-time duals that became the talk of wrestling over the weekend. This week it's a lot more tournament heavy with seven schools competing in tournaments.

    California Baptist makes official Big 12 debut

    California Baptist is going to have their hands full on the road vs. an Iowa State team that crushed a very good Wisconsin last week. Regardless, it's a monumental moment for them and for the conference to have their first dual in conference against a Big 12 opponent. Oh, and they travel to #2 Iowa.

    Oklahoma (State) takes on Lehigh

    The entire state of Oklahoma will be wrestling Lehigh on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks already have two duals, and two wins, under their belts and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be wrestling their first of the season.

    This is a tough road test for two of the more prominent Big 12 programs who both have other duals that same day.

    Northern Colorado at Binghamton could be a great one

    This one doesn't have the brand name power of some of the other duals nationally, but Northern Colorado-Binghamton is quietly a really good matchup. You've got 5-6 weights that could go either way, 2-3 where each school will really want bonus, and all that sets up for a potentially very good matchup. I could easily see this going down to the wire and being one of the more exciting duals in college wrestling this weekend.
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