Penn State wrestling is looking to make it five in a row in 2020.
The Nittany Lions released their 2019-20 schedule today and will begin that journey to a title defense on Nov. 10 in Rec Hall against Navy.
Penn State then heads to Army on Nov. 17 for the Army Invitational, the lone regular season tournament that the Nittany Lions are set to compete at. But we’ll get into that later.
On No. 22 the Nittany Lions return the favor to Arizona State and head to Tempe for what should be one of the duals of the year.
They then finished out the non-con slate with Lehigh in Rec Hall on Dec. 6 and at the Palestra against Penn on Dec. 8.
That’s when things get really interesting. Because of the Olympic year, trials are being held in April (in State College), which means the US Open (which serves as a trials qualifier) has been moved from spring back to December of 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Penn State has nothing scheduled from Dec. 8 until Jan. 10, but I think it’s safe to expect a number of current Nittany Lions will be competing at the US Open on Dec. 20-22.
This also means Penn State will not return to Chattanooga for the Southern Scuffle. Whether that’s due to the revised schedule or some conflict last year regarding Gavin Teasdale, it’s a big hit for the Scuffle and Penn State’s schedule.
The conference slate starts with three consecutive home duals against Illinois, Northwestern and Rutgers before PSU travels to Nebraska and Iowa on consecutive weeks.
The rest of the schedule is highlighted by trips to Wisconsin (Feb. 7) and Minnesota (Feb. 9) and the always hyped Ohio State dual in the Bryce Jordan Center on Feb. 15.
Rutgers hosts the Big Ten Tournament on Mar. 7 and 8 and the National Tournament is in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium from the 19-21.