Oct. 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh wrestling team has released its schedule for the 2013-14 season, head coach Jason Peters announced today.
The schedule features matchups with defending NCAA Champion Penn State, defending NCAA runner-up Oklahoma State and eight home dates at Fitzgerald Field House in Pitt's inaugural ACC season.
"This schedule is filled with quality competition, giving us eight home dates and 11 duals in Fitzgerald Field House," Peters said. "The schedule is challenging but it will prepare us for the ACC and NCAA Championships."
Following the season opening Blue vs. Gold intrasquad dual on Friday, November 1, Pitt will open its dual season with a contest against in-state and former EWL rival Lock Haven on Friday, November 15.
The Panthers will then travel to eastern Pennsylvania for a dual with Lehigh (Nov. 22) and the Keystone Classic (Nov. 24) hosted by Penn to close out the month of November.
ACC action begins on Friday, December 6, when Pitt travels to Maryland for a dual with the Terrapins. A matchup at defending National Champion Penn State at Bryce Jordan Center follows on Sunday, December 8. The Panthers will then take a break for exams before closing 2013 at Bucknell (Dec. 21).
2014 begins with a trip to Chattanoga, Tenn. for the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1 and 2. The following weekend, Pitt opens its home ACC slate with NC State on Saturday, Jan. 11, and will welcome eight teams to Fitzgerald Field House for the annual Pitt Duals on Sunday, Jan. 12.
Oklahoma State visits Fitzgerald Field House the following weekend on Sunday, Jan. 19 before Pitt welcomes Virginia (Jan. 24) for an ACC dual.
The Panthers travel to Morgantown to face long-time rival West Virginia on February 1 and then host Virginia Tech (Feb. 7) to begin a three match home stand. Pitt will welcome former EWL rival Edinboro on Friday, Feb. 14, and then host Big Ten foe Michigan the following evening to close out its home slate.
The regular season concludes with a trip to Chapel Hill for a double dual with North Carolina and The Citadel.
"Our first year in the ACC created some difficulty in scheduling but we were successful in adding all the ACC duals while maintaining a number of traditional rivalries," Peters said. "The ACC has five to six preseason top-25 teams which will make for an exciting and challenging conference race. Our guys are have worked hard during the preseason and they are excited to compete for an ACC Championship."
The ACC Championships will take place on the campus of Virginia Tech on Saturday March 8 and the NCAA Championships will be held Thursday, March 20 - Saturday, March 22 in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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