Penn State Wrestling To Host Oklahoma State for 2016 Dual Meet Championship
The 2016 NWCA Dual Meet Championship field is set, and the undefeated and top-ranked Penn State wrestling team will host No. 2 Oklahoma State (12-2) for the Dual Meet Championship on Sunday, February 21 at 5 p.m. in Rec Hall.
The Dual Meet Championship pits the nation’s best teams against each other in a BCS-style format, taking the top eight Big Ten teams and pitting them against the top 8 non-Big Ten teams (seven conference champions and one at-large team). This year — the first of this new format — pits the No. 1-ranked Big Ten team against the nation’s No. 1 non-Big Ten team.
“We are excited to be a part of the first NWCA National Dual Championship series,” Sanderson said. “It is an honor and a great opportunity for us. We are looking forward to Sunday’s dual.”
This season, Penn State fans have seen standout performances from sophomore Zain Retherford (149 lbs.) and senior Morgan McIntosh (197) both of whom are ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes.
The matchup should make for one of the most exciting matches of the season. Penn State comes into the match with 9 wrestlers ranked, and Oklahoma State has eight ranked. The Nittany Lions have four top-ranked wrestlers — Zain Retherford (149 lbs.), Jason Nolf (157), Bo Nickal (174), and Morgan McIntosh (197) — while the Cowboys have two in Dean Heil (141) and Alex Dieringer (165).
The match is completely sold out, but fans can watch live on the Big Ten Network or follow @OnwardStSports on Twitter for live coverage.