Columbia, Mo. – The nationally ranked Missouri wrestling team released its 2009-10 schedule today as announced by Head Coach Brian Smith. The Tigers will open the 64th season of Missouri wrestling on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. (CT) with the annual Black and Gold meet held in the Hearnes Center. Throughout the campaign, Missouri will host six home events, including the dual-opener against Illinois on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Smith, entering his 12th year as head coach of the Tigers, will lead the squad through a challenging schedule that includes duals against five teams that finished among the top 25 in the nation at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
“Our team and staff are anxious to get another season of TigerStyle wrestling underway,” Smith said. “We’ve scheduled a lot of solid opponents for the upcoming year, and our guys will take on some of the best in the field. In addition to our 11 scheduled duals, the team will be traveling to three tournaments and will compete in our annual Missouri Open, Nov. 22.”
Big 12 action will begin on Friday, Jan. 29 as the Tigers take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a 7 p.m. (CT) dual in Lincoln, Neb.Â Missouri will host Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in back-to-back duals, Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7, before closing out the dual season on Feb. 14 against Iowa State in Ames.
The 14th annual Big 12 Championships return to Norman, Okla., for the third time in league history and first time since 2002.Â All five Big 12 squads are expected to rank among the top 15 teams in the nation.
The wrestling season concludes at the 80th annual NCAA Division I Championships, March 18-20, at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.Â The Tigers return three All-Americans including 2009 NCAA heavyweight champion Mark Ellis for the upcoming season.Â Additionally, five members of Missouri’s 10-man lineup are prior NCAA qualifiers.
For a look at Missouri’s 2009-10 schedule please visit the Missouri wrestling website