By: Jay Kidwell
The University of Iowa wrestling program, the national attendance leader in each of the last six seasons, has released an upcoming schedule that includes eight home dates and six duals against teams that finished in the top 10 at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Hawkeyes released the 2012-13 schedule earlier this week.
The Hawkeyes begin the 2012-13 campaign with a dual tourney at Tennessee-Chattanooga on Nov. 17 before hosting Cornell College, Iowa Central CC and Southern Illinois at the Iowa City Duals in the home opener Nov. 24. Iowa continues its non-conference home schedule against Iowa State on Dec. 1 and Lehigh on Dec. 6. The Hawkeyes have won eight in a row against the Cyclones and are undefeated in 23 meetings with Lehigh, the most recent a 25-13 victory in 2003.
Iowa then returns to the road to participate in the inaugural "Grapple at the Garden" at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Dec. 16. The Hawkeyes, one of nine college programs participating in the first ever college wrestling dual meet in the history of the Garden, will face Hofstra and Bucknell. Iowa will also wrestle at Buffalo the following day.
Big Ten competition opens at home against Ohio State (Jan. 4) and Purdue (Jan. 6). Iowa then steps out of conference for a dual against Oklahoma State in Stillwater (Jan. 13) before jumping back into Big Ten action with road trips to Michigan (Jan. 18), Michigan State (Jan. 20) and Minnesota (Jan. 27).
The Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a Super Bowl Sunday showdown with Penn State on Feb. 3. The Hawkeyes then close the Big Ten dual schedule with a trip to Illinois (Feb. 8) and a home date against Nebraska (Feb. 10). Iowa's final home date is a non-conference meeting with Edinboro on Feb. 16.
The postseason begins with the NWCA National Duals on Feb. 23 at a site to be determined. The Big Ten Championships are March 9-10 in Champaign, Ill., and the NCAA Championships will be held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on March 21-23.
Start times have not yet been announced.