MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Dec. 15, 2020) – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced the 2021 wrestling schedule on Tuesday.
This year’s slate will accommodate for a shortened season, with most dates featuring multiple contests. The home schedule consists of one quad and one tri-meet, as well as duals against Big 12 foes Northern Colorado and Iowa State.
“Any schedule is a sight for sore eyes, and we are really excited to get this season going,” third-year coach Tim Flynn said. “We have a really young team, but we also have more talent than we have had the last couple years. We are just anxious to get started and see where we stand in terms of competition.”
The 2021 season commences with three straight competitions at the WVU Coliseum, starting with a quad meet against Kent State, Ohio University and Virginia Tech on Sunday, Jan. 10. Action is set to begin at 12 p.m.
A week later, the Mountaineers welcome Bucknell and Oklahoma to Morgantown for a tri-meet on Sunday, Jan. 17, beginning at 2 p.m., before competing against Northern Colorado in a head-to-head competition on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 12 p.m.
West Virginia opens the month of February on the road, as the Mountaineers head to Laramie, Wyoming, for a dual against Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. ET. Following its match against the Cowboys, WVU travels to Greeley, Colorado, for a pair of neutral-site matches against Air Force (9:30 p.m. ET) and Fresno State (10:45 p.m.ET) later that evening.
The team continues its road swing with a tri-meet (Oklahoma State and Missouri) in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday, Feb. 14. Competition is set to begin at 12 p.m. ET.
West Virginia caps its regular season at home on Friday, Feb. 19, with a match against Iowa State. Start time against the Cyclones is to be determined.
The Big 12 Championship will return to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the fifth consecutive year on March 6-7. The 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will take place on March 18-20, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Of note, the Mountaineers’ 2019-20 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Redshirt junior Noah Adams was the nation’s second-seeded wrestler at 197 pounds heading into the NCAA Tournament when the season was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“With everything going on, we are very grateful for the opportunity to compete,” Flynn said. “So many people have had it way worse than us, people getting sick, people losing their businesses, people losing loved ones, so it is a real blessing for us to get out there and do what we love to do.”
WVU Athletics continues to work with University, local and state authorities for the potential plan for fan attendance at the WVU Coliseum, which will be announced at a later date.
Press Release Courtesy of WVU Sports