NU Wrestling releases 2010-2011 Schedule

Highlighted by five guaranteed home duals and seven matches against teams who finished last season ranked in the top 25, the Nebraska wrestling program released its schedule for the 2011-12 campaign Wednesday. After celebrating the program's 100th anniversary season last year, the Huskers will embark on another historic season as they are set to join the Big Ten Conference on July 1.

Nebraska will kick off their season on the East Coast with four duals in the state of Pennsylvania. In its first dual, the Huskers will take on Bucknell for the second straight year (Nov. 10), before wrestling in a trio of matches at the Hershey Duals on Nov. 12 against North Carolina, Navy and Kent State in Hershey, Pa.

After a trip to the prestigious Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 2-3, the Huskers will return home for their home opener against Wyoming on Dec. 10. The Huskers defeated Wyoming last season in Laramie, Wyo., 20-12. The Huskers will then hit the road for duals against South Dakota State and North Dakota State on Dec. 17 and 18, respectively, before traveling to Tempe, Ariz., to wrestle in the ASU duals on Dec. 29.

Four out of the five guaranteed home duals next season will take place against Big Ten opponents, including a visit from defending national champion Penn State on Friday, Feb. 3. NU opens Big Ten competition with two straight home duals against Ohio State on Jan. 6 and Iowa on Jan. 13. Iowa finished third at last season's NCAA Championships and won the 2010 team title.

Nebraska will wrestle in its first conference away match on Jan. 20 at Indiana, but will promptly return to Lincoln to face off against Purdue on Jan. 22. The remaining conference dual matches will be on the road against Michigan State (Jan. 27), Wisconsin (Jan. 29) and Minnesota (Feb. 5).

The Huskers will wrestle in the NWCA National Duals, which has changed its format this season to a 2-weekend event. The opening weekend kicks off on Feb. 11-12 and works as a qualifier for the Final Four National Duals on Feb. 18-19. Sites for the National Duals are still being determined. Nebraska did not participate in the National Duals last season.

Nebraska will close its regular season with a home dual against Northern Iowa on Feb. 19, unless one of the schools advances to the Final Four National Duals that weekend.

NU will begin its post-season competition at the Big Ten Championships on March 3-4 in West Lafayette, Ind., and will then travel to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., which run from March 15-17 at the Scottrade Center.

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