(STILLWATER, Oklahoma / Sept. 12, 2017) – Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith has unveiled the team’s schedule for the 2017-18 season, highlighted by eight home duals along with a trip to Naples, Italy, to face NC State in January.
The Cowboys will look to build off a successful 2017 campaign that saw the squad rack up eight All-Americans, including a national championship performance from 141-pounder Dean Heil, on the way to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Following up an impressive 14-1 dual record, the Pokes also claimed the program’s 51st conference title, shattering Big 12 Championship records for team points and margin of victory.
OSU will open the season on Nov. 11 in Albany, N.Y., with a dual against North Carolina on the opening day of the Journeymen Classic. On Nov. 12, the Pokes will match up against a number of teams in a round robin format. Other schools appearing at the event include Rutgers, Purdue, North Carolina and NC State, among others.
The team will open up its home slate on Nov. 19 in Gallagher-Iba Arena against Minnesota before heading back out on the road for a handful of events, including an appearance at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 17, along with duals at North Dakota State (Nov. 26), Northern Colorado (Dec. 18) and Wyoming (Dec. 19). The Cowboys will look to make it two-straight Southern Scuffle titles to open the New Year in Chattanooga, Tenn., before making the trip overseas to Naples, Italy, for a historic dual against NC State on Jan. 5.
The historic OSU-Iowa rivalry continues on Jan. 14 in Iowa City, Iowa, as the Pokes will look to finish off a long road trip with their second consecutive win over the Hawkeyes.
The Cowboys return to Stillwater on Jan. 19 for a dual against Big 12 foe West Virginia, opening a seven-match homestand that also includes matchups with Kent State (Jan. 21), Missouri (Jan. 27), Iowa State (Jan. 28), Northern Iowa (Feb. 2), Edinboro (Feb. 9) and Oklahoma (Feb. 11). The Pokes wrap up the regular season in Fresno, Calif., on Feb. 18 with a dual at Fresno State.
For the second year in a row, the Big 12 Championships return to the BOK Center in Tulsa on March 3 and 4. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 15-17 at the Quicken Loans Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 campaign are available now online at okstate.com/tickets or by phone at 877-ALL-4-OSU.