Oct. 22, 2009

Courtesy Iowa Athletics

IOWA CITY, IA -- The defending Big Ten and NCAA champion University of Iowa wrestling team has announced its schedule for the 2009-10 season. The Hawkeyes are set to host seven home events, including duals with 2009 NCAA runner-up Ohio State, perennial power Oklahoma State and Big Ten foe Penn State. Three of Iowa's duals, as well as competition from the Midlands and Big Ten Championships, are scheduled to be aired on the Big Ten Network. The Hawkeyes will also have five duals streamed live and on-demand at www.bigtennetwork.com.

Iowa will open the season by hosting the six-team Iowa City Duals Friday, November 20 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will face Coe at 10:30 a.m., Cornell College at 12 p.m., Iowa Lakes at 1:30 p.m., North Carolina-Pembroke at 3 p.m. and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 5 p.m. Two other duals will run simultaneously at 10:30, 12 and 1:30 the round-robin event. The remainder of Iowa's home schedule includes intra-state rival Northern Iowa (Dec. 10, 7 p.m.), Oklahoma State (Jan. 16, 7 p.m.), Penn State (Jan. 29, 7 p.m.), Michigan State (Jan. 31, 6 p.m.), Northwestern (Feb. 12, 7 p.m.) and Ohio State (Feb. 19, 7 p.m.). The Oklahoma State dual will air Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network, while the Ohio State dual will be aired taped-delay at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. Iowa's duals with Northern Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State and Northwestern will be streamed live and on-demand at www.bigtennetwork.com.

The Hawkeyes will open the 2009-10 dual road season Nov. 27 at Bucknell, wrestling the Bison at 3 p.m. and Rutgers at 4:30 p.m. in Lewisburg, PA. Iowa will also face intra-state rival Iowa State (Dec. 6) in Ames at 6 p.m. before ending the calendar year at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) in Evanston, IL. The Hawkeyes have won the last two Midlands titles. The Big Ten Network will air part of the Midlands tournament Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

Iowa will start 2010 at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls Jan. 9-10, looking for its third-straight team title at that event. The Hawkeyes' dual road schedule features Big Ten rivals Michigan (Jan. 22), Purdue (Jan. 24), Minnesota (Feb. 14) and Wisconsin (Feb. 21), as well as Utah Valley in Hawkeye senior Phillip Keddy's hometown of Vernal, UT, on Feb. 6. The 2010 Big Ten Championships are scheduled for Mar. 6-7 in Ann Arbor, MI, while the 2010 NCAA Championships will be held Mar. 18-20 in Omaha, NE. The Minnesota dual and portions of the Big Ten Championships will be aired live on the Big Ten Network, while the Wisconsin dual will be streamed live and on-demand at www.bigtennetwork.com.

The Big Ten Network is now available to up to 73 million homes across North America through satellite providers such as DIRECTV, DISH Network and Shaw Direct (Canada), telco companies such as Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse, and on cable in 19 of the nation's top 20 media markets. Fans can find the channel specific to their area and provider by entering their zip code at www.bigtennetwork.com/channelfinder.

Wrestling season tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office, at (319) 335-9327, or online at www.hawkeyesports.com. Tickets are $60 for members of the public and $48 for UI faculty and staff. Single meet prices are $10 for adults and $5 for youth if purchased in advance for the UNI, Michigan State and Northwestern duals, and $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under for the Oklahoma State, Penn State and Ohio State duals. The day of the meet tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth for the UNI, Michigan State and Northwestern duals, and $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under for the Oklahoma State, Penn State and Ohio State duals.