Iowa wrestling releases 2018-19 schedule

Cody Goodwin
Hawk Central

The Iowa wrestling program announced its 2018-19 schedule on Friday.

The Hawkeyes have seven home duals and eight on the road. Four of the seven home contests are all before Christmas, as Princeton (Nov. 16), Purdue (Nov. 24), Iowa State (Dec. 1) and Lehigh (Dec. 8) will all trek to Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the first half of the season. Iowa then hosts Rutgers in January, then Maryland and Indiana in February.

Iowa head coach Tom Brands watches as Iowa State University's Ian Parker wrestles Iowa's Vince Turk in the 141-pound match Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, during their wrestling meet at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

Many of Iowa’s biggest dual opponents will be on the road this winter. The Hawkeyes travel to Minnesota on Jan. 13, to Nebraska on Feb. 3, to Wisconsin on Feb. 17 and to Oklahoma State on Feb. 24. Iowa will also travel to Illinois and Northwestern in January, but will not wrestle Michigan, Ohio State or Penn State this year.

The Hawkeyes also scheduled the Midlands Championships, set for Dec. 29-30 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The Big Ten Championships are scheduled for March 9-10 in Minneapolis, and the 2019 NCAA Championships are March 21-23 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Iowa’s full 2018-19 schedule is listed below. Times will be announced at a later date.

  • Nov. 9 — vs. Cal-State Bakersfield and Kent State, at Kent State
  • Nov. 16 — vs. Princeton, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Nov. 24 — vs. Purdue, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Dec. 1 — vs. Iowa State, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Dec. 8 — vs. Lehigh, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Dec. 29-30 — Midlands Championships, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Jan. 13 — at Minnesota, in Minneapolis
  • Jan. 18 — vs. Rutgers, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Jan. 25 — at Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois 
  • Jan. 27 — at Northwestern, in Evanston, Illinois
  • Feb. 3 — at Nebraska, in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb. 8 — vs. Maryland, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Feb. 15 — vs. Indiana, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Feb. 17 — at Wisconsin, in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb. 24 — at Oklahoma State, in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • March 9-10 — Big Ten Championships, in Minneapolis
  • March 21-23 — NCAA Championships, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.