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Penn State wrestling releases title-defending schedule

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Fans learned of one Penn State opponent this year a little less than a month ago.

On Thursday, the Nittany Lions released the rest of the schedule.

The reigning NCAA champions will have seven home duals with the first one taking place at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 against Stanford.

Penn State opens the season on the road against Army West Point at 7 p.m. Nov. 11. They travel to the University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 20.

Following their trip across the Keystone State, the Nittany Lions host Lehigh on Dec. 4. It is the lone Bryce Jordan Center dual of the season and will get underway at 2 p.m. It is expected to be a marquee match-up again this season. The pair entered their dual last February ranked in the top six of the country.

Penn State will host Binghamton the following week on Dec. 11 inside Rec Hall at 2 p.m.

The Nittany Lions will be defending their NCAA and National Dual Championship title this year. However, there is one other title they won’t be defending.

Penn State is going to travel to the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18. It will snap a streak of six straight Southern Scuffle titles for the team. It marks the first time the Nittany Lions have competed in the Reno event since 2009.

The Big Ten slate gets underway next year. For Penn State, they will start on the road.

The Nittany Lions face Minnesota on Jan. 6 and Nebraska on Jan. 8. The other road conference matches include Iowa (Jan. 20, 21 or 22, due to it being on the Big Ten Network, the dual with the Hawkeyes hasn’t been set yet), Wisconsin (Jan. 27), Ohio State (Feb. 3, 4 or 5, same as with Iowa).

Penn State’s Big Ten home slate will include Rutgers on either Jan. 13, 14 or 15, once again a Big Ten Network dual.

The Nittany Lions will welcome State College graduate, Matt Storniolo, and Northwestern at 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Storniolo was the interim head coach last season but had the interim tag removed during the offseason.

The regular season closes with duals against Illinois (Feb. 10, 7 p.m.) and Maryland (Feb. 12, 2 p.m.). The Terrapins are led by former Penn State standout Kerry McCoy.

The postseason again will include a National Wrestling Coaches Association Dual Meet Championship match (Feb. 19) but this time Penn State will hit the road. The Big Ten Championships will be hosted by Indiana in Bloomington, March 4-5. The season will come to a close in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center for the NCAA Championships March 16-18.

Nate Cobler: 814-231-4609, @ncoblercdt

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