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The Iowa wrestling program will be in true contention for the NCAA team title during the 2019-20 season. The Hawkeyes released their upcoming schedule on Wednesday, and it’s a slate that will match this year’s excitement.

In all, Iowa will compete in 13 total duals — 7 home, 6 away — and have just one regular-season tournament listed, the Midlands Championships in December. (The Hawkeyes have routinely sent other wrestlers to the UNI Open, Grand View Open and Lindenwood Open in previous seasons.)

The home schedule includes many of the nation’s best programs, as Wisconsin (Dec. 1), Nebraska (Jan. 18), Ohio State (Jan. 24), Penn State (Jan. 31), Minnesota (Feb. 15) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 23; yes, that’s the Sunday after the Iowa high school state tournament) are all making the trip to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The road schedule also features some tests, like Iowa State (Nov. 24), Michigan (Feb. 8) and Princeton (Dec. 8), as well as other scrappy Big Ten foes in Indiana (Jan. 10), Purdue (Jan. 12) and Michigan State (Feb. 2).

Come March, the Hawkeyes will head to the Big Ten Championships, set for March 7-8 in Piscataway, N.J., at Rutgers, which will set themselves up for the NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 19-21 in Minneapolis.

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Iowa’s 2019-20 wrestling schedule

Not all duals have announced start times yet, but those that do are marked below.

Nov. 17: UT-Chattanooga, 2 p.m.

Nov. 24: at Iowa State, 2 p.m.

Dec. 1: Wisconsin

Dec. 8: at Princeton, 2 p.m.

Dec. 29-30: Midlands Championships, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Jan. 10: at Indiana

Jan. 12: at Purdue

Jan. 18: Nebraska, 7 p.m.

Jan. 24: Ohio State, 7 p.m.

Jan. 31: Penn State, 7 p.m.

Feb. 2: at Michigan State

Feb. 8: at Michigan

Feb. 15: Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Feb. 23: Oklahoma State, 7

March 7-8: Big Ten Championships, at Piscataway, N.J.

March 19-21: NCAA Championships, at Minneapolis

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

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