June 20, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling head coach Tom Minkel announced the 2012-13 wrestling schedule on Wednesday, June 20. The Big Ten is widely regarded as the toughest wrestling conference and MSU will face seven Big Ten opponents that finished last season ranked in the Top 25.
"Our schedule next year will be challenging as we have dual meets against the teams that finished first, second, and third at the NCAA Championships last season, as well as five others that finished in the Top 25," Minkel said. "However, I think we will be a better balanced team than we have been in some time and we're all looking forward to the season."
The Spartans open up their season with the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 3 and then return home to host the Michigan State Open the following weekend on Nov. 11 at Jenison Field House.
Michigan State returns to Ypsilanti, Mich., on Nov. 16 for their first dual of the season against Eastern Michigan and then will face Edinboro, who finished last season ranked in the Top 25, at home on Nov. 30.
The Big Ten dual season opens with a trip to Madison, Wis., to face the Badgers on Dec. 7, whom MSU did not face last season. The Spartans will also compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 16 before taking time off for the holiday.
Michigan State opens the New Year with a home dual against Purdue on Jan. 4 and then will face both Bucknell and Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 6 at Jenison Field House.
The Spartans travel to take on defending national champion Penn State on Jan. 13 and then return home to face Iowa on Jan. 20, who finished third in the NCAA Championships last season.
Michigan State will have a challenging road trip the first weekend in February with duals at Nebraska on Feb. 1 and at Minnesota on Feb. 3. Nebraska finished in eighth in the final NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Golden Gophers were the runner-up in the NCAA Championships a season ago.
MSU closes out the season with three consecutive home duals against Michigan (Feb. 10), Iowa State (Feb. 15) and Central Michigan (Feb. 22) on senior night.
The Big Ten Championships will be hosted by the University of Illinois March 9-10 and the NCAA Championships will take place March 21-23 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.