After a summer of anticipation and speculation, the national champion Penn State wrestling team has released its 2018-19 schedule.
Highlighting this year’s dual schedule is the start of a two-year series with Arizona State. The Sun Devils will travel to Rec Hall on Dec. 14, and the Nittany Lions will make the trip out to Tempe in the 2019-20 season.
Arizona State placed 10th at the 2018 NCAA Wrestling championships, led by Zahid Valencia, who beat Penn State’s Mark Hall for the national title at 174 pounds. Mall beat Valencia the year prior in the semifinals.
The Nittany Lions and Sun Devils have met seven times to date, splitting the series 3-3-1.
Also highlighting Penn State’s home dual schedule is the 107th edition of the in-state rivalry with Lehigh on Dec. 2, and a matchup with last season’s fourth-place finisher Michigan at the Bryce Jordan Center on Feb. 1-3.
And for the first time in its history, Penn State will make the short trip up the road to Lewisburg, to face Bucknell in its home arena.
The Nittany Lions have won 45 dual meets in a row, with its most recent lost being Feb. 5, 2015 against Oklahoma State, and is the winner of seven of the past eight national championships. They’ll return seven All-Americans, including four national champions.
Here’s how the entire schedule shakes out:
Sunday, Nov. 11: vs. Kent State, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: at Keystone Classic (Philadelphia), 9 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: at Bucknell, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2: vs. Lehigh, 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14: vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: at Southern Scuffle (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Time TBD
Wednesday, Jan. 2: at Southern Scuffle (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Time TBD
Friday, Jan. 11: at Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13: vs. Wisconsin, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20: vs. Nebraska, 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25: at Purdue, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27: at Indiana, 2 p.m.
Feb. 1, Feb. 2 or Feb. 3 (TBD): vs. Michigan (Bryce Jordan Center), Time TBD
Feb.8, Feb. 9 or Feb. 10 (TBD): at Ohio State, Time TBD
Friday, Feb. 15: vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17: at Illinois, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24: vs. Buffalo, 2 p.m.
March 9-10: Big Ten championships, Minneapolis, Minn.
March 21-23: NCAA championships, Pittsburgh