The University of Iowa has wrestled the schedule for the 2012-13 season. The Hawkeyes are looking to improve on third place finishes last year at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
Some big changes are apparent on this season’s schedule. The Hawkeyes are not scheduled to wrestle University of Northern Iowa and it appears Iowa will not compete at Northwestern’s Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
The Hawkeyes have added the “Grapple at the Garden” where they will wrestle duals against Bucknell and Hofstra in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. Iowa will also wrestle at Buffalo the following day.
Iowa opens the schedule Nov. 17 at UT-Chattanooga. The Hawkeyes first home competition will be the Iowa City duals Nov. 24, hosting Cornell College, Iowa Central and Southern Illinois.
Iowa hosts rival Iowa State on Dec. 1 and Lehigh on Dec. 6. Iowa hosts defending Big Ten and NCAA champion Penn State Feb. 3. Other home duals include Ohio State (Jan. 4), Purdue (Jan. 6), Nebraska (Feb. 10) and Edinboro (Feb. 16.
The Hawkeyes will wrestle four straight duals on the road, including five out of six. Iowa travels to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State on Jan. 13. The Hawkeyes head to Michigan (Jan. 18), Michigan State (Jan. 20) and Minnesota (Jan. 27). Illinois hosts Iowa on Feb. 8.
Iowa is slated to compete in the NWCA National Duals on Feb. 23. The Big Ten Championships are hosted by Illinois at Champaign, Ill., on Mar. 9-10. The NCAA Championships will be held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Mar. 21-23.