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This week’s NCAA Div. I schedule listed by conference, plus ranked duals and other notes

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Jan. 14, 2021, 11:02 a.m. (ET)

Spencer Lee image courtesy of the University of Iowa.

Here is this week’s Div. I college wrestling schedule, broken up by conference. Please note that we are including the most current NWCA Div. I poll rankings, as published on Jan. 12.

The nation’s No. 1 ranked team, the Iowa Hawkeyes, kick off their season with a big home dual meet against conference rival, No. 6 Nebraska. This shakes out as the biggest match of the week in terms of high rankings.

There are currently 11 dual meets between ranked opponents on the schedule. With the Big Ten having 12 of their 14 teams in the national rankings, six of these 14 ranked matchups are dual meets between Big Ten teams. The Big Ten will only face other Big Ten teams this year.

COVID-19 has affected this week’s schedule. No. 2 ranked Penn State paused wrestling activity yesterday due to the virus impacting Tier-1 personnel. Their season opener at Rutgers on Saturday has been postponed. California Baptist announced that it would pull out of three dual meets this weekend, with postponement of Thursday’s duals at Cal Poly, and against Oregon State at Cal Poly, being scratched, as well as a schedule Friday match at Stanford. With California Baptist out, Cal Poly will still face conference rival Oregon State on Thursday.

There is a very strong quad at No. 10 Iowa State, who hosts No. 9 Missouri, No. 11 Arizona State and No. 20 Northern Iowa on Sunday. This is the only multiple dual meet events with more than one ranked team this weekend. There will be more in upcoming weeks.

This week’s dual meets between ranked opponents (by day)

Friday, Jan. 15 – No. 6 Nebraska at No. 1 Iowa
Friday, Jan. 15 – No. 8 Virginia Tech at No. 13 North Carolina
Friday, Jan. 15 – No. 22 Northwestern at No. 16 Purdue

Saturday, Jan. 16 – No. 14 Minnesota at No. 25 Michigan State

Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 7 Ohio State at No. 24 Illinois
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 21 Wisconsin (at Illinois)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 9 Missouri at No.10 Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 20 Northern Iowa vs. No. 9 Missouri (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 11 Arizona State at No. 10 Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 17 –No. 20 Northern Iowa vs. No. 11 Arizona State (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 21 Wisconsin at No. 24 Illinois

Notes from Chris Brewer, University of Iowa

• Iowa has won 13 straight overall, 16 straight at home and 18 consecutive Big Ten duals.
• Spencer Lee is 18-0 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In Lee’s 18 home wins, he has four pins, eight technical falls and three major decisions. Five of the wins are against top 10 opponents.
• Iowa is 112-12 (.918) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07.
• Tom Brands is 11-0 all-time against Nebraska. Iowa leads the all-time series 33-10-1. Nebraska’s last win in the series was a 24-13 victory at the National Duals on Nov. 19, 2005. The Huskers’ last win in Iowa City was in 1937.

Big Ten schedule (this weekend)
**Friday, Jan. 15 – No. 6 Nebraska at No. 1 Iowa
**Friday, Jan. 15 – No. 22 Northwestern at No. 16 Purdue
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – Maryland at No. 25 Michigan State
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – No. 14 Minnesota at No. 25 Michigan State
**Sautrday, Jan. 16 – Maryland vs. No. 14 Minnesota (at Michigan State)
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 7 Ohio State at No. 24 Illinois
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 21 Wisconsin at No. 24 Illinois
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 21 Wisconsin (at Illinois)
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – Indiana at No. 3 Michigan

Big 12 Schedule this weekend
**Friday, Jan. 15 – Wyoming at Fresno State
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 11 Arizona State at No. 10 Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 9 Missouri at No.10 Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 11 Arizona State at No. 10 Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 20 Northern Iowa vs.No. 9 Missouri (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 –No. 20 Northern Iowa vs. No. 11 Arizona State (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – Bucknell at West Virginia
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 19 Oklahoma at West Virginia
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 19 Oklahoma vs. Bucknell (at West Virginia)
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 23 Northern Colorado at Air Force
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – South Dakota State at Air Force
**Sunday, Jan. 17 –No. 23 Northern Colorado vs. South Dakota State (at Air Force)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 5 Oklahoma State at Little Rock
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. SIU-Edwardsville (at Little Rock)

ACC schedule this weekend
**Friday, Jan. 15 – No. 4 NC State at Virginia
**Friday, Jan. 15 – No. 8 Virginia Tech at No. 13 North Carolina
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – Duke at No. 12 Pittsburgh

EIWA schedule (this weekend)
**Thursday, Jan. 14 – Long Island U at Binghamton
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – Hofstra at Army West Point
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – No. 18 Lehigh at Navy
Sunday, Jan. 17 – Bucknell at West Virginia
Sunday, Jan. 17 – Bucknell vs. No. 19 Oklahoma (at West Virginia)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – Buffalo at Binghamton
**Sunday, Jan. 17 –Long Island at Binghamton
Sunday, Jan. 17 – Long Island vs. Buffalo (at Binghamton)

MAC schedule (this weekend)

Thursday, Jan. 14 – Gannon at Buffalo
**Saturday, Jan 16 – Ohio at Clarion
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – Rider at Clarion
Saturday, Jan. 16 – Ohio vs. Lake Erie (at Clarion)
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – Ohio vs. Rider (at Clarion)
**Saturday, Jan. 16 – Kent State at Cleveland State
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 9 Missouri at No. 10 Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 11 Arizona State (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 9 Missouri vs. UNI (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – SIU-Edwardsville at Little Rock
Sunday, Jan. 17 – SIU-Edwardsville vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State (at Little Rock)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – Cleveland State round robin

Southern Conference schedule (this weekend)
** Saturday, Jan 16 – Presbyterian College at VMI
** Saturday, Jan. 16 – Campbell at VMI
** Saturday, Jan. 16 – Presbyterian vs. Campbell (at VMI)
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – Chattanooga at Gardner-Webb
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – The Citadel at Gardner-Webb
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – Chattanooga vs. The Citadel (at Gardner-Webb)
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – Bellarmine at Appalachian State
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – Davidson at Appalachian State
**Sunday, Jan. 17 – Bellarmine at Davidson (at Appalachian State)

Pac-12 schedule (this weekend)

**Thursday, Jan. 14 – Oregon State at Cal Poly
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 11 Arizona State at No. 10 Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 11 Arizona State vs. No. 20 Northern Iowa (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 11 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Missouri (at Iowa State)
Sunday, Jan. 17 – SIU-Edwardsville at Little Rock
Sunday, Jan. 17 – No. 5 Oklahoma State at Little Rock

** - Conference competitions

Colleges without a published schedule yet:
Lock Haven, Cleveland State, George Mason, Bloomsburg, Stanford, CSU Bakersfield, American, Drexel