Defending national runner-up Bubba Jenkins is one of three returning All-Americans who return to action for Penn State this year.
Sept. 8, 2008
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -
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The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, under the direction of veteran head coach Troy Sunderland, has announced its 2008-09 schedule. Nine home duals, including four exciting Big Ten matches, highlight the schedule. Penn State will also be the site of the 2009 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.
"I'm extremely pleased for our fans that they will be able to see so many of the nation's top programs here in Rec Hall," Sunderland said. "We have Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota and Wisconsin coming in during our Big Ten schedule and a great non-conference slate as well. This gives wrestling fans from the entire region an opportunity to see the top three teams from last year's NCAA Championships as well as many of the nation's elite squads."
The season begins on Sunday, Nov. 2, when Rec Hall will be the site of Wrestle-Offs. The dual meet season opens two weeks later when national power Hofstra invades Rec Hall on Sunday, Nov. 16. Penn State will then head to New York where it will face Cornell in a renewal of the Lions' oldest rivalry on Friday, Nov. 21. The Nittany Lions then trek to Binghamton, N.Y., for the Sprawl and Brawl Duals. Penn State will face Virginia, Edinboro and Binghamton on Sunday, Nov. 23.
Penn State will take part in the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday, Dec. 7, in Rec Hall and then welcome former Eastern Wrestling League rival West Virginia to Rec Hall on Sunday, Dec. 14. A break for the holidays leads to two duals in Rec Hall on Sunday, Jan. 4. Penn State will battle Lehigh at 1 p.m. that day and face Lock Haven at 3 p.m. The Nittany Lions will then head back to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the 2009 National Duals. The Duals, on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10-11, once again features a stunning field of the country's best teams.
The Big Ten season begins with a road trip to the Hoosier State. Penn State will visit Indiana on Friday, Jan. 23, and Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 24. The next weekend, action returns to Rec Hall when Minnesota visits on Friday, Jan. 30, and Wisconsin comes in on Sunday, Feb. 1. The next weekend sees Penn State welcome defending national runner-up Ohio State on Friday, Feb. 6, and defending national champion Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 8.
Penn State will wrap up the dual meet season with a Big Ten road trip to Michigan State and Michigan. The Nittany Lions will face the Spartans in East Lansing on Friday, Feb. 13, and then battle the Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Friday, Feb. 14. The Nittany Lions then host Penn on Friday, Feb. 20, in the regular season finale.
The Bryce Jordan Center will be the site of the 2009 Big Ten Wrestling Championships in March. Penn State hosts the event on March 7-8, 2009, in the BJC, welcoming the nation's best wrestling conference to the East Coast.
In all, four of the top ten teams at last year's NCAA Championships will be in action in Rec Hall (Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota). The Nittany Lions face eight of the top 20 from last year's tournament.
"Hosting the Big Ten Wrestling Championships is always an honor and we're looking forward to welcoming the nation's best wrestling conference to the Bryce Jordan Center this March," Sunderland said. "Fans need to make plans now to attend as this is always one of the nation's premier tournaments." The 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships will once again take place in St. Louis, Mo. The three day event takes place on March 19-21, in the Scottrade Center.
Season ticket information for Penn State as well as information regarding the 2009 Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be released soon.