EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State wrestling head coach Tom Minkel announced the Spartans’ 2009-10 schedule this week. MSU will host five duals and two opens at Jenison Field House as part of the always challenging schedule.
“Our schedule for the upcoming season is a great mix of old and new,” said Minkel. “We have the Big Ten teams and rivalries we see every year but a lot of new teams as well such as Stanford, Wyoming, Northern Iowa and Rutgers. We’re looking forward to it.”
The 2009-10 schedule features duals against nine teams that finished in the top 25 at the 2009 NCAA Championships. MSU will host Minnesota (Jan. 22), Illinois (Jan. 24), Purdue (Feb. 7) and Indiana (Feb. 21) – all of which finished the season in the top-25.
The Spartans will open the season with the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 7 and then host the annual Michigan State Open the following weekend on Nov. 15. MSU will be on the road the remainder of 2009 with duals at Eastern Michigan (Dec. 3) and Central Michigan (Dec. 12) as well as three open meets – Sprawl and Brawl (Nov. 22, Binghamton, N.Y.), Northern Iowa Open (Dec. 6) and the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30, Evanston, Ill.)
The Green and White will host its first dual of the season on Jan. 9 against West Virginia. This marks the second consecutive meeting between the schools as MSU defeated WVU, 25-15, last season in Morgantown, W.Va.
The Spartans will host a handful of non-conference opponents on Jan. 16 with the Spartan Duals as Stanford, Rutgers, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Findlay will all visit Jenison Field House.
MSU will then host Minnesota (Jan. 22) and Illinois (Jan. 24) before hitting the road to face Michigan (Jan. 29) and Iowa (Jan. 31).
After hosting Purdue on Feb. 7, the Spartans will make a weekend trip to Penn State (Feb. 12) and Ohio State (Feb. 14) before closing out the regular season at home against Indiana (Feb. 21).
The 2010 Big Ten Championships will be held March 6-7 in Ann Arbor while the NCAA Championships will take place in Omaha, Neb., March 18-20.