Michigan State Wrestling Announces 2006-07 Schedule
Aug. 21, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling once again will face a demanding schedule in 2006-07, facing seven of the top 10 teams from the 2006 NCAA Championships, including the top four finishers. The Spartans will host an unprecedented eight home dual meets, before welcoming their conference opponents for the Big Ten Championships March 3-4.
"It's a tough schedule in terms of Big Ten and NCAA competitors," 15-year MSU head coach Tom Minkel said. "It's good preparation for the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, and we are looking forward to the challenge."
State will compete at the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 4, before returning home to host the Michigan State Open on Nov. 12.
The Spartans will waste no time getting things started, facing off against NCAA Champion Oklahoma State in their first dual meet of the year, in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 16.
"We feel pretty good about facing Oklahoma State and the other top four teams," Minkel said. "When you wrestle that level of competition, you have to be at the top of your game, so for most of the season, we're going to have to wrestle well. We are returning two All-Americans in Nick and Andy Simmons, and we also have some young stars coming up in Franklin Gomez, Rocky Cozart, and Nick Palmieri, so we feel good about that."
Some members of the MSU team will then head to the Ashland Open on Nov. 18.
The Green and White will face the Edinboro University Fighting Scots on Dec. 1 in Edinboro, Pa. The Spartans will then head to the Penn State Open on Dec. 3. Michigan State will return home on Dec. 10 to square off against Missouri, before hitting the road again to compete at the Midlands Championships, Dec. 29 - Dec. 30., in Evanston, Ill.
The Spartans will be spending the month of January in East Lansing, where they will host four duals beginning with Central Michigan (Jan. 5) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 14), before facing conference competition in Illinois (Jan. 26) and Michigan (Jan. 28).
Michigan State will continue Big Ten duals on the road against Ohio State (Feb. 2), Purdue (Feb. 4), NCAA runner-up Minnesota (Feb. 9), and Iowa (Feb. 11). In its final conference duals of the season, MSU will host Indiana (Feb. 16) and Penn State (Feb. 18).
The final regular-season dual will be against Oklahoma in East Lansing on Feb. 23.
The Big Ten Championships will be held at the Breslin Center on March 3-4. The 2007 NCAA Championships will be held at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., from March 15-17.
"Hosting the Big Ten Championships only comes around every 11 years, and it's a great opportunity to showcase the Big Ten, which is known as one of the toughest conferences from top to bottom," said Minkel. "Having both of these championships in Michigan will allow wrestling fans in this state to see more, great wrestling than ever before."
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