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

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Jan. 21, 2021, 10:19 a.m. (ET)

Photo of Jarrett Trombley of NC State photo by NC State Athletics

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. 19.

There are currently eight dual meets between ranked opponents on the schedule, three each day from Friday through Sunday. Five of these are Big Ten matchups. Two of them are Big 12 showdowns, with one an ACC battle.

No. I Iowa hits the road to face No. 15 Minnesota on Friday. There is a tie at No. 2, with No. 2 Michigan not competing this week and No. 2 Penn State hosting No. 24 Michigan State on Sunday. The ACC battle features No. 4 NC State hosting No. 12 Pittsburgh on Friday.

The teams with the closest rankings is the Sunday match between Big 12 teams, No. 18 Oklahoma at No. 19 Northern Iowa. (Oklahoma also faces No. 13 Iowa State on the same day.

One dual meet between two ranked teams on Friday has been cancelled due to COVID-19. No. 5 Oklahoma State was sechedule to compete at No. 20 Northern Colorado, but UNC has paused wrestling activities due to the virus. Oklahoma State is scheduled to wrestle its other Big 12 dual meet on Friday at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

On Sunday, the Big Ten bout with No. 24 Michigan State at No. 2 (tie) Penn State was also postponed.

An EIWA match of significance was cancelled on Sunday, Jan. 24, when the Drexel at Lehigh match was cancelled. The reason was due to Drexel’s return to campus guidelines, which did not allow sufficient training time for the match

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

Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 1 Iowa at No. 15 Minnesota
Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 12 Pittsburgh at No. 4 NC State
Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 16 Purdue at No. 10 Illinois

Saturday, Jan. 23 – No. 25 Northwestern at No. 7 Nebraska

Sunday, Jan. 24 – No. 16 Purdue at No. 22 (tie) Wisconsin
Sunday, Jan. 24 – No. 17 Rutgers at No. 11 Ohio State
Sunday, Jan. 24 – No. 18 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Iowa State (at Northern Iowa)
Sunday, Jan. 24 – No. 18 Oklahoma at No. 19 Northern Iowa

Notes from Steve Phillips, ACC

• Friday night’s ranked matchup between Pitt and NC State in Raleigh highlights the weekend slate and is scheduled to be the first match carried this season as part of ACC Network's Friday Night Duals lineup.

• NC State currently owns the nation’s longest dual-match winning streak with 20 consecutive victories, including last season’s perfect 15-0 mark. Over the last six seasons, NC State has won 27 of its 29 duals on the road, and the Pack is also 10-2 in road duals vs. ranked foes during that span.

• Dating back over the last six seasons, NC State has been ranked among the top 10 teams in 77 straight NWCA coaches' national rankings

• Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Mekhi Lewis, who captured the 2019 national championship at 165 pounds, remains No. 1 in that weight class. North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor is ranked No. 1 at 149 pounds.

Big Ten Schedule (this week)
**Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 1 Iowa at No. 15 Minnesota
**Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 16 Purdue at No. 10 Illinois
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Maryland at No. 7 Nebraska
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – No. 25 Northwestern at No. 7 Nebraska
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Maryland vs. Northwestern (at Nebraska)
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – No. 16 Purdue at No. 22 (tie) Wisconsin
**Sunday, Jan. 24 –No. 17 Rutgers at No. 11 Ohio State

Big 12 Schedule (this week)
**Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 5 Oklahoma State at Air Force
Saturday, Jan. 23 – No. 9 Arizona State at Utah Valley
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Wyoming at Utah Valley
Saturday, Jan. 23 – Wyoming vs. No. 9 Arizona State (at Utah Valley)
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – No. 18 Oklahoma at No. 19 Northern Iowa
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – No. 18 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Iowa State (at Northern Iowa)
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – Fresno State vs. North Dakota State (at Cal Poly)
Sunday, Jan. 24 – Fresno State vs. Little Rock (at Cal Poly)
Sunday, Jan. 24 – North Dakota State at Cal Poly
Sunday, Jan. 24 – North Dakota State vs. Fresno State (at Cal Poly)
Sunday, Jan. 24 – North Dakota State vs. California Baptist (at Cal Poly)
Sunday, Jan. 24 – North Dakota State vs. Little Rock (at Cal Poly)

ACC Schedule (this week)
**Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 12 Pittsburgh at No. 4 NC State
**Friday, Jan. 22 – Virginia at No. 8 Virginia Tech
**Friday, Jan. 22 – No. 14 North Carolina at Duke

EIWA Schedule (this week)
**Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Long Island 24, Sacred Heart 16
**Sunday, Jan. 24– Hofstra at Long Island
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – Binghamton at No. 22 (tie) Army West Point
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – Bucknell at Sacred Heart

MAC Schedule (this week)
Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Gannon at Kent State
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Northern Illinois at No. 6 Missouri
**Saturday, Jan, 23 – Ohio at No. 6 Missouri
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Northern Illinois vs. Ohio (at Missouri)
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – SIU-Edwardsville at Clarion
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Central Michigan at Clarion
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Kent State at Clarion
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Central Michigan (at Clarion)
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Kent State (at Clarion)
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – Kent State vs. Central Michigan (at Clarion)
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – George Mason at Rider

Pac-12 Schedule (this week)
Saturday, Jan. 23 – No. 9 Arizona State at Utah Valley
Saturday, Jan. 23 – No. 9 Arizona State vs. Wyoming (at Utah Valley)
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – Little Rock at Cal Poly
Sunday, Jan. 24 – North Dakota State at Cal Poly
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – Stanford at CSU-Bakersfield

SoCon Schedule (this week)
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Appalachian State at Campbell
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Gardner-Webb at Campbell
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Appalachian State vs. Gardner Webb (at Campbell)
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – VMI at Davidson
**Saturday, Jan. 23 – Chattanooga at Davidson
**Saturday, Jan. 23 –VMI vs. Chattanooga (at Davidson)
**Sunday, Jan. 24 –The Citadel at Bellarmine
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – Presbyterian College at Bellarmine
**Sunday, Jan. 24 – The Citadel vs. Presbyterian (at Bellarmine)

Teams without a conference
Sunday, Jan. 24 – California Baptist vs. Little Rock (at Cal Poly)
Sunday, Jan. 24 – California Baptist vs. North Dakota State (at Cal Poly)

Colleges without a published schedule yet: Lock Haven, Stanford, American, Drexel

** Conference Dual Meets