Sept. 10, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Matchups against two top-20 teams and a competitive tournament schedule highlight the Ohio University Wrestling team's 2013-2014 schedule, which was released today.
Ohio will open the season in the Michigan State Open (Nov. 9) a year after beating the Spartans for the first time since 1929-1930. They will follow that up with another trip to Michigan for the Eastern Michigan Duals (Nov. 16) with Drexel, Utah Valley and Indiana Tech.
The conference slate will feature a match at Missouri on Dec. 6, a team that finished No. 8 in the country last season.
Before Thanksgiving, the Bobcats will head to Annapolis, Md. for the Navy Classic on Nov. 23.
Ohio fans will get their first chance to see the Bobcats at the Convocation Center on Dec. 15 against Appalachian State.
The Bobcats will then wrestle in the Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 22) and the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2) over the holiday break. Last season Ohio took seventh place in each of the tournaments.
The conference season picks up again on Jan. 10 when Northern Illinois visits Athens.
The Bobcats will be chasing defending Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan, which finished at No. 18 in the country last season. Ohio meets the Chippewas on the mat on Jan. 17 in Mt. Pleasant.
The conference season continues when Eastern Michigan and Kent State visit Ohio on Jan. 19 and Jan. 24, respectively. Those matches are followed up by a trip to Buffalo on Jan. 26.
Non-conference competition picks up again with a trip to Cedar Falls, I to meet Northern Iowa and South Dakota State (Feb 1).
The final four events of the season are at home against Clarion (Feb. 8), Old Dominion (Feb.9), West Virginia (Feb. 16) and a tri-meet with Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State (Feb. 22).
The MAC Championships will be held at Kent State on March 8-9. Ohio will look to build off of its 2013 showing where it placed fifth.
Ohio returns five NCAA qualifiers, including MAC Freshman of the Year Cody Walters.