Oct. 14, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri wrestling program released its 2010-11 schedule on Thursday as announced by Tiger head coach Brian Smith. The 65th season of Missouri wrestling will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 30 with the annual Black and Gold meet at the Hearnes Center. Missouri will host five events and will face off against five of the top-25 teams ranked in Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine's (WIN) preseason NCAA Division I Tournament Power Index.
The season gets underway officially on Nov. 12 with a dual meet against Illinois in Edwardsville, Ill. The Fighting Illini were ranked No. 9 in WIN's preseason rankings.
A week later, the Tigers open up their home schedule with a quad-meet as they play host to Lindenwood, Hofstra and Oregon State at Hearnes Center on Nov. 21. On Nov. 27, Mizzou will head out to Albany, N.Y. for the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Collegiate Duals, where the Tigers will face off against American, Rutgers, No. 19 Lehigh and Maryland.
On Dec. 5 the Tigers take on No. 25 Kent State at home, and the following week they will face the Purdue Boilermakers, who are tied for 13th in the early polls, in a dual that is scheduled to be televised on the Big Ten Network in Lafayette, Ind.
Missouri returns to Indiana a week later to face the Indiana Hoosiers and Eastern Michigan on Dec. 19. The Tigers will compete in the Midlands Invitational in Evanston, Ill. on Dec. 29-30 and at the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Jan. 8-9.
Mizzou comes back to the Hearnes Center to open up the 2011 portion of their schedule with a tri-meet against Tennessee Chattanooga and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Jan. 15. The dual with UTC will also be apart of the annual Beauty and the Beast event, with the Missouri gymnastics squad taking on SEMO on the same floor.
The conference season opens on Jan. 30 when the Tigers host Nebraska, ranked No. 24. From there, they have back-to-back road duals with No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 7 Oklahoma on Feb. 4-5. The regular season closes with a home meet against Iowa State on Feb. 13.
This year's Big 12 Championship is in Ames, Iowa on March 5, while the NCAA Championship is in Philadelphia, Pa. and will take place on March 17-19. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.