Penn State became the latest program to release its 2021-22 wrestling schedule on Tuesday and there are certainly some notable dates on said schedule.
The 2021-22 schedule is out! Penn State wrestling announces the slate, 7 home duals, Ohio State in the BJC and a trip to the Sunshine State! Read it at GoPSU!https://t.co/Aquev1ZEPr#PSUwr pic.twitter.com/DBfhnvnvUb— Penn State WRESTLING (@pennstateWREST) September 21, 2021
The Nittany Lions, who return to the mat without the title of reigning champions for the first time in five years, open the season on Nov. 13 at the Journeyman Duals in York, Pa. against Sacred Heart University as well as Oregon State.
Penn State will then make its return to Rec hall on Nov. 18 as it plays host to Army before a two week break ahead of a trip to Penn on Dec. 3 and a visit from Lehigh on Dec. 5.
Then comes the big one. Penn State announced it will head to Pensacola, Florida on Dec. 20 and 21 for Journeyman’s Dual Meet Fest. The event, which is set to host 12 of the nation’s top teams, is a pseudo-revival of nation duals and will and place teams in four pools of three based on seed, separating conference foes and opponents already on the schedule. The winners of each pool will advance to the semis with those winners squaring off in the finals.
The current announced field is set to include: Penn State, Iowa, Michigan, NC State, Virginia Tech, Arizona State, Cornell, Lehigh, Missouri, Central Michigan, Oregon State and Hoftstra.
Pool play will separate teams in the same conference as well as opponents who have already scheduled on another for duals.
Following the tournament, Penn State takes two weeks off before a trip to Maryland to the begin Big Ten season on Friday Jan. 7, then Indiana comes to town on Jan. 9.
Rutgers will then visit Rec Hall for a standalone dual on Jan. 16 before PSU takes a road trip to Michigan to face the Wolverines on Jan. 21 and the Spartans on Jan. 23.
The biggest dual of the year comes on Jan. 28 as Penn State once again travels to Carver Hawkeye Arena to square off with Iowa ahead of a home dual against Ohio State on Feb. 4 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions will then round out the conference slate with Nebraska visiting Rec Hall on either Feb. 6 or Feb, 11,
A visit from Rider on Feb. 20 then wraps up the regular season, with the Big Ten Tournament scheduled for Mar. 5 and 6 in Lincoln, Nebraska and the NCAA Tournament set from Mar. 17-19 in Detroit at Littles Caesar’s Arena.