Cowboy Wrestling Finalizes 2019-2020 Schedule


STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State wrestling program released its schedule on Tuesday in a season slate that features eight home duals and a one-and-one series with the University of Oklahoma for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

“The schedule looks good for us and is once again very competitive,” coach John Smith said. “I think these teams that we’re hitting, from last year to this year, have gotten a lot better, and that’s going to create a tough dual meet season for us.”

The Cowboys start the season with a trip to Pennsylvania, where they are set to take on Drexel, Nov. 15, for the first time since 2008. Proceeding that bout, the Pokes head to Lehigh for their return trip with the Mountain Hawks on the 16th.

OSU has two home duals before the first of the calendar year, hosting Big 10 program Minnesota on Nov. 24 and the Princeton Tigers on Dec. 6. The Pokes head to Norman for the first Bedlam dual Dec. 15 for the last dual in 2019.

As tradition, OSU will begin the new year in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the Southern Scuffle, before hosting two Big 12 home duals against Northern Colorado (Jan. 12) and West Virginia (Jan. 17) and a return trip with Pittsburgh the next day.

The Cowboys make their first Iowa road trip of the season Jan. 25-26, when they pay visits to Northern Iowa and Iowa State in two difficult road contests.

“We’ve got a really tough road trip with Northern Iowa and Iowa State at their places,” Smith said. “Those aren’t easy places to pick up wins.”

To close out the month of January, South Dakota State comes to Stillwater for a Friday evening matchup on the 31st. Former Big 12 member Missouri also comes to GIA that weekend in what has been a highly competitive series in recent years.

The Cowboys travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Laramie, Wyo., to knock out two duals on Feb. 8. In the final home dual of the season, the Pokes host OU on Sunday Feb. 16.

OSU wraps up dual season in Iowa City with one of the greatest rivalries in college sports, taking on the Hawkeyes (Feb. 23) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The postseason begins in Tulsa at the Big 12 Championships, March 7-8, where the Cowboys will seek their eighth consecutive conference title. NCAA Championships run March 19-21, in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium.