Aug. 1, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling head coach Tom Minkel has announced the program's 2013-14 schedule.
The Big Ten is widely regarded as the toughest wrestling conference in the nation and MSU will face five Big Ten opponents that finished last season in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships.
Highlights on this year's schedule include six duals at Jenison Field House, including three-time defending national champion Penn State on Jan. 31, a trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 24 to face Michigan, and the annual MSU Open in Jenison Field House on Nov. 9.
Following the MSU Open, the Spartans will participate in the Eastern Michigan Duals on Nov. 16, then will face the Eagles in a dual meet on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Jenison Field House at 8 p.m. for the first home match of the season.
Michigan State will close November by wrestling in the Northeast Duals on Saturday, Nov. 30 in Troy, N.Y.
MSU begins the Big Ten season on Sunday, Dec. 8 against Wisconsin at 2 p.m. in Jenison Field House. The Spartans then hit the road for the Northern Iowa Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Saturday, Dec. 14 and for the Brute Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa., on Sunday, Dec. 29.
Michigan State returns to Big Ten action on Sunday, Jan. 5 to face Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 3 p.m. ET. The Spartans will host three Big Ten duals at Jenison Field House in January (Minnesota on Jan. 17; Illinois on Jan. 26; Penn State on Jan. 31) while also traveling to Michigan on Jan. 24.
In February, MSU will take on Ohio State at a neutral site, as the Spartans and Buckeyes will meet in Massillon, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 7 at Perry High School at 7 p.m. Michigan State closes out the Big Ten dual season on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Indiana.
MSU's final home dual of the season is set for Saturday, Feb. 15 against Olivet College. The Spartans finish the regular season Saturday, Feb. 22 at Central Michigan at 7 p.m.
The Big Ten Championships will be held in Madison, Wis., on March 8-9, while the NCAA Championships will be held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla.