Penn State will enter the 2019-20 season with a 59-match winning streak, and will face some tough challenges that could potentially end that run for the Nittany Lions. They are also the four-time defending NCAA team champions, and will return three individual national champions for 2019-20 in Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall and Anthony Cassar.
Cael Sanderson's team is going to have a lot of talent, and it will be interesting to see if we see young freshmen like Michael Beard or Aaron Brooks this season as well. Here's the 2019-20 schedule (home duals are capitalized and in bold):
- November 10, 2019 - NAVY
- November 17, 2019 - at Army (Black Knight Invitational)
- November 22, 2019 - at Arizona State
- December 6, 2019 - at Lehigh
- December 8, 2019 - PENNSYLVANIA
- January 10, 2020 - ILLINOIS
- January 19, 2020 - RUTGERS
- January 24, 2020 - at Nebraska
- January 31, 2020 - at Iowa
- February 2, 2020 - MARYLAND
- February 7, 2020 - at Wisconsin
- February 9, 2020 - at Minnesota
- February 15, 2020 - OHIO STATE (Bryce Jordan Center)
- February 23, 2020 - AMERICAN
- March 7-8, 2020 - Big Ten Championships (Host: Rutgers)
- March 19-21, 2020 - NCAA Championships (Host: Minneapolis, MN)
This schedule features a number of very tough duals that will certainly challenge the winning streak. A few prominent omissions from the schedule are Penn State's usual entries into the Keystone Classic and Southern Scuffle. However, the coaching staff also has to consider wrestlers who want to qualify for the Olympic Team Trials in April, the corresponding qualifying tournaments for the trials, and burning out the team before March.
While disappointing to not be in many regular season tournaments, Penn State is also traveling to Arizona State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa, which will feature a number of tough tests for this team. Penn State will also return to the Bryce Jordan Center for a dual against Tom Ryan and the Ohio State Buckeyes.