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Penn State Wrestling To Host Eight Duals, Face Ohio State At Bryce Jordan Center

Cael Sanderson’s path to five straight national titles got a bit clearer Tuesday morning when Penn State wrestling released its schedule for the 2019-20 season. It features eight home duals against Big Ten and out-of-conference opponents.

The Nittany Lions will face Navy, Penn, Illinois, Northwestern, Rutgers, Maryland, and American at Rec Hall while traveling to Arizona State, Lehigh, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. They’ll log significant air miles with four trips past the Mississippi River during the regular season and another in the postseason.

The one dual circled on everyone’s calendar, however, is February 15 at the Bryce Jordan Center when the Nittany Lions host Ohio State. The last time the Buckeyes visited, fans were treated to the so-called “Dual of the Century,” when then-No. 2 Penn State dramatically toppled then-No. 1 Ohio State. Before that dual, Ohio State coach Tom Ryan famously complained about his team not getting the BJC treatment and needing to wrestle “in a small venue.”

Home vs. Ohio State and at Iowa seem to be the most dangerous match-ups for the Nittany Lions’ vaunted 59-dual winning streak.

In addition to the duals scheduled, Penn State will compete in the Army West Point Invitational in November instead of returning to the Keystone Classic, which it has dominated and won each of the last three years. Instead of competing in Penn’s early-season tournament, though, the Nittany Lions have scheduled a home-and-home series with the Quakers over the next two seasons, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Additionally, the Southern Scuffle, which Penn State has won each of the last two seasons, was also not on this year’s slate.

The only duals with scheduled start times are Navy (2 p.m.), Penn (2 p.m.), and American (2 p.m.).

After the 2019 regular season, the Nittany Lions will compete in the Big Ten Championships at Rutgers and NCAA Championships at Minnesota.

You can view the complete Penn State wrestling schedule here.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s managing editor, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a senior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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