Penn State announces 2004-05 wrestling schedule

June 21, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State will host the Pennsylvania State Dual Championships in Rec Hall on the University Park campus to kick off the 2004-05 wrestling season. The event is among nine dual meets Penn State will wrestle in Rec Hall, and a highlight of the 2004-05 Nittany Lion wrestling schedule released last week by head coach Troy Sunderland.

Coming off a 14-5 dual meet campaign last year, the best in Sunderland's six seasons, Penn State will hold its annual Varsity Wrestle-offs on Sunday, Oct. 31, and then start the dual meet campaign Sunday, Nov. 14, in Rec Hall as they host a new competition that will pit eight dual meet teams from Pennsylvania against each other in a one-day championship event. The first Pennsylvania State Dual Championships will feature teams from Clarion, Lehigh, Slippery Rock, Lock Haven, Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Mercyhurst, York College (Pa.) and Penn State in a double-elimination bracket.

In the fall semester, Penn State will also make return trips to the East Stroudsburg Open (Nov. 20), Lock Haven's Mat-Town Classic (Nov. 27) and the Midlands tournament (Dec. 29-30). The Nittany Lion Open (Dec. 5) in Rec Hall and a dual meet engagement at Edinboro (Dec. 12) round out the fall.

Penn State will hit the dual meet schedule full force in the spring semester starting with three straight dual meets in Rec Hall. The string will start with a showdown with rival Lehigh on Friday, Jan. 7. Penn State upset the then No. 3 ranked Mountain Hawks, 19-15, on their home mat last year. The match with Lehigh is one of eight scheduled clashes for Penn State with teams ranked in the final InterMat Top 25 last season. The Nittany Lions will continue the run of home meets with a double-dual against West Virginia and Pittsburgh on Jan. 9. Other home engagements on the year include Big Ten matches with Indiana (Jan. 28), Purdue (Jan. 30), Iowa (Feb. 4) and Ohio State (Feb. 18) and a match with regional rival Lock Haven (Feb. 8). All home matches except Ohio State will be held in Rec Hall. The Ohio State match will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center due to a conflict with the Penn State Dance Marathon.

Road matches for the Nittany Lions include trips to Michigan (Jan. 14), Michigan State (Jan. 15), Illinois (Feb. 11) and Northwestern (Feb. 12). Penn State will also return to compete in the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Team Dual Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 22-23. The Nittany Lions finished fourth in the event last year.

The Big Ten Championships will be held March 5-6 at the University of Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the NCAA Championships will return again to St. Louis' Savvis Center, March 18-20. Penn State finished fifth in the Big Ten Championships and 12th in the NCAA Championships last year.

2004-05 Penn State Wrestling Schedule

Oct. 31 Varsity Wrestle-offs 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 Pennsylvania State Dual Championships All Day
Nov. 20 at East Stroudsburg Open All Day
Nov. 27 at Mat-Town Classic All Day
Dec. 5 Nittany Lion Open All Day
Dec. 12 at Edinboro 1 p.m.
Dec. 29-30 at Midlands Tournament All Day
Jan. 7 Lehigh 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 West Virginia 1 p.m. and Pittsburgh 3 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Michigan 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 at Michigan State 7 p.m.
Jan. 22-23 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals All Day
Jan. 28 Indiana 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 Purdue 1 p.m.
Feb. 4 Iowa 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 Lock Haven 7 p.m.
Feb. 11 at Illinois 7 p.m.
Feb. 12 at Northwestern 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 Ohio State (in Bryce Jordan Center) 7 p.m.
Mar. 5-6 Big Ten Championships at Iowa City, Iowa
Mar. 18-20 NCAA Championships at St. Louis, Mo.

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