Posted: Aug 21, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly wrestling team, which had just three home dual meets two years and four last season, will welcome eight opponents for duals at home in the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.
The schedule is accentuated by the season opener on Nov. 16 against San Francisco State in the tailgating area on the O'Neill Green prior to Cal Poly's football game against Eastern Washington.
"We are really excited about our schedule this season," said fourth-year Mustang head coach Jon Sioredas. "It will provide the opportunity for us to be tested and to continually improve as we prepare for the NCAA tournament.
"We are heading to the Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands again this year, two of the toughest tournaments in the country," Sioredas added. "Our schedule is highlighted by our home opener, where we will wrestle outdoors on a stage in the middle of the football tailgate."
Cal Poly's dual meet at Stanford three years ago was held during Football Fan Fest in the tailgating area prior to the Cardinal's football game versus Oregon State.
The Las Vegas Invitational is scheduled for Dec. 6-7 inside the Las Vegas Convention Center while the Midlands will be hosted by Northwestern on Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.
Other tournaments in which the Mustangs will compete are the Michigan State Open on Nov. 2, the Roadrunner Open on Nov. 24 and the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 15.
In addition to San Francisco State, Cal Poly will host Buffalo on Nov. 23 and Drexel and Northwestern on Dec. 19 in a double dual.
After the New Year, the Mustangs will host Northern Illinois on Jan. 10 and three Pac-12 duals — Stanford on Jan. 17, CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 14 and Arizona State on Feb. 15.
The Mustangs' road schedule includes duals at Fresno State on Jan. 2, Cal Baptist on Jan. 23, Northern Colorado on Feb. 7 and Air Force on Feb. 9.
Cal Poly also visits Oregon State for a Pac-12 dual Feb. 22 and Stanford will host the Pac-12 Championships on March 7. U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., is the site for the 2020 NCAA Division I National Championships on March 19-21.
Four of Cal Poly's opponents finished in the top 30 at last year's NCAA Championships, led by 12th-place Arizona State. Others include Oregon State (20th), Northwestern (22nd) and Fresno State (29th).
The Mustang roster will feature two-time NCAA qualifier Tom Lane and Joshy Cortez and Matt Wilhelm, both fifth-year seniors and Pac-12 finalists in 2018 who are coming off redshirt years.
"With Cortez and Wilhelm returning for their final season and Lane also having one more year of eligibility, we will have great senior leadership this season," said Sioredas.
To view the entire 2019-20 schedule, click here.