Jacks face challenging 2019-20 schedule

Eight home competitions and a pair of high-level tournaments highlight the 2019-20 schedule for the South Dakota State University wrestling team.

“I really like the schedule we’ve been able to put together for this season,” said second-year head coach Damion Hahn. “It has a good mix of traditional rivals while further exposing our guys to more elite-level competition throughout the year, which should prepare us come postseason time in March.”

The season kicks off Nov. 9 at the Bison Open in Fargo, North Dakota, followed by a Nov. 15 dual against Binghamton. An announcement of the time and location for the Binghamton dual will be made at a later date.

The first home competition of the 2019-20 season is slated for Nov. 17, when the Jackrabbits host the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. The day-long tournament will be held at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex for the second year in a row.

SDSU closes out November with its first Big 12 Conference dual of the season, at Utah Valley on Nov. 22.

The December slate is a challenging one in which the Jackrabbits will book-end trips to the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas Dec. 6-7 and the South Beach Duals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dec. 29-30 around a Dec. 20 home dual against Minnesota. The Cliff Keen Invitational has taken on the mantle of being the top individual tournament before the NCAA Championships, while the South Beach Duals has attracted some of the top teams in the country in its first two years.

The Jackrabbits will host three Big 12 duals in a row in January, welcoming Wyoming (Jan. 12), Iowa State (Jan. 17) and Oklahoma (Jan. 26) to Frost Arena. Rounding out the home schedule are duals versus Fresno State (Feb. 15), Stanford (Feb. 16) and North Dakota State (Feb. 21).

SDSU will wrestle a total of nine Big 12 opponents during the dual season, including traveling to Northern Iowa (Jan. 10), Oklahoma State (Jan. 31) and West Virginia (Feb. 7).

The remainder of the dual schedule includes road matches at newcomer UA Little Rock (Feb. 2) and at Ohio (Feb. 9).

Postseason competition kicks off with the Big 12 Wrestling Championship March 7-8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are set for March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale through the Jackrabbit Ticket Office by calling (605) 688-5422, or online at JackrabbitTickets.com. Single-match tickets will go on sale Oct. 1.

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