The Fighting Illini will host four duals at Huff Hall and welcome the Big Ten Championships in March.
Oct. 18, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois wrestling team announced its 2012-13 schedule on Thursday, highlighted by duals against seven teams that finished in the top-25 at the 2012 NCAA Championships and hosting the Big Ten Championships for the first time in 12 years.
The Illini begin the season by competing in the Loras Open in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 3 where they won six titles last season. They will then travel to the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open a week later, then the Lindenwood Open on Saturday, Nov. 17. Illinois will then compete in the Journeyman Duals on Nov. 24, where they will face Binghampton, who finished 14th after last season, Princeton and Maryland.
Illinois will then travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Dec. 8 to compete in the Northern Iowa Open and will then make their annual trip to the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. The Illini will wrestle their final non-conference dual of the season at UT-Chattanooga on Jan. 6.
Illinois takes on its first Big Ten competition as it hosts Purdue on Jan. 11. The following weekend, the Illini will travel northwest to take on Nebraska on Jan. 18 and Minnesota a couple days later. The Huskers finished last season No. 21 in the country, while the Gophers were NCAA and Big Ten runner-ups. The Orange and Blue return to Huff Hall for a dual against Indiana on Jan. 27 before traveling to Ohio State on Feb. 1 to take on the Buckeyes, who finished fifth in the country last season.
The Illini's biggest home duals of the season come at the beginning of February when they host the defending NCAA champion Penn State on Feb. 3 and Iowa on Feb. 8, live on the Big Ten Network, for the last dual at home. Illinois heads back out on the road for their final regular season dual to Evanston, Ill., on Feb. 10 to square off with Northwestern.
Illinois will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the NWCA National Duals for the second consecutive year on Feb. 22 before hosting the Big Ten Championships at Assembly Hall on March 9-10. The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa from March 21-23.