Sept. 13, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri wrestling team has finalized its 2011-12 schedule, announced Tuesday morning by head coach Brian Smith. The Tigers will host the 2012 Big 12 Championships in Columbia, the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, and compete in four other tournaments over the course of the season.
The Tigers will open the regular season at home on Nov. 13 with a matchup against the Purdue Boilermakers, with Missouri looking to avenge an 18-15 loss last year to Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. From there, Mizzou hits the road for their first two of six conference meets. They’ll first travel to face Oklahoma on Nov. 18 and then to Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 20 for a matchup with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The following week, Missouri heads west for a pair of Pac-12 matchups, beginning with Oregon State on Nov. 25. The Tigers fell to Oregon State last year at home, 19-13. Two days later, Mizzou will face off with Stanford, who finished 11th at the NCAA Championships last year with 44.0 points.
From there, the Tigers will compete in their first tournament of the season, as they stay in-state and head to Maryville for the Kaufman-Brand Open. The following weekend Missouri will travel to Kent State, who the Tigers defeated by a 19-15 score in Columbia last year. Mizzou returns home to close out 2011, hosting the Iowa State Cyclones at the Hearnes Center on Dec. 18.
Missouri opens 2012 at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Jan. 1-2, hosted by the University of Chattanooga. This year’s Scuffle will feature seven of last year’s top-25 teams, including National Champion Penn State and runner-up Cornell. A week later, Missouri will face off with Iowa State again, this time in Ames, for their second and final meeting of the season. The Tigers will hit their second tournament of the month from Jan. 13-14, when they travel to Virginia Beach, Va., for the Virginia Duals.
Two weeks after the Virginia Duals, Missouri will travel to Edwardsville, Ill., for a tri-meet against SIU-Edwardsville and Eastern Michigan. The next weekend, the Tigers play host to both Oklahoma schools on back-to-back days to close out the regular season Big 12 schedule. Missouri and the Cowboys will battle on Feb. 4, with the Tigers and Sooners facing off on Feb. 5.
The regular season comes to a close with the 2012 NWCA National Duals, which have taken on a new format this season. There are now four, six-team regions participating in the National Duals on the weekend of Feb. 11-12, with each region’s winner advancing to the Final Four round held at one of the remaining team’s campus the following weekend. Missouri will head to Piscataway, N.J., for the opening round of action, where they’ll compete against host Rutgers, Minnesota, Michigan, Kent State and Cal Poly. This year’s National Duals includes 22 of last year’s final top-25.
On March 5, the University of Missouri will host the Big 12 Championships for the third time in program history, welcoming Iowa State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the Hearnes Center. The Tigers look to capture their first conference crown after matching their best finish (second) last season.
For the fifth time since 2003, Missouri will co-host the NCAA Championships, held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis from March 15-17. Members of the Missouri Wrestling Takedown Club get first dibs at tickets for the event in the Mizzou section.
For more information about Missouri wrestling as the season gets close, visit mutigers.com