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    Northwestern Announces 2013-14 Wrestling Schedule

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Two-time All-American and NCAA finalist Mike McMullan returns for 2013-14.
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    Two-time All-American and NCAA finalist Mike McMullan returns for 2013-14.
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    Aug. 9, 2013

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    2013-14 NU Wrestling Schedule

    EVANSTON, Ill.– Northwestern wrestling fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena this season with nine home duals and the always-competitive 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships highlighting the 2013-14 schedule that was released today.

    "Our schedule is always one of the best and most difficult in the country," Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano said. "We continue to search for duals and tournaments that will help us prepare for the Big Ten and NCAA championships in March. We have nine starters returning and an exciting group of freshmen that will enable us to challenge and win against the best teams in the nation. I'm expecting to see positive results due to all of the hard work they've put in during their spring and summer training."

    The season opens with the Wildcats hosting the NU Duals at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2. Northwestern takes on the University of Chicago at 2 p.m. followed by a match against Stevens Tech at 3:30 p.m.

    NU travels to Denver, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 8 for two duals against Air Force and Northern Colorado. In their first Big Ten match of the season, the Wildcats visit Lincoln on Sunday, Nov. 17 to face Nebraska at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 24, the ‘Cats return to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Keystone Classic, which Northwestern has won in each of the past two seasons.

    In December, Northwestern will compete at two tournaments and two duals, starting with the UW-Parkside Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Wildcats will host two duals at Welsh-Ryan Arena, beginning with a match vs. SIU Edwardsville at 1 p.m. and another opponent that is still TBA at 3 p.m.

    December concludes at Welsh-Ryan Arena when the Wildcats welcome some of the best teams in the country for the historic 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. This year's tournament takes place Sunday, Dec. 29-Monday, Dec. 30. Tickets are available for the tournament by calling 888-GO-PURPLE or via the Midlands ticket order form.

    After the new year, Northwestern opens the Big Ten home slate against Minnesota on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. The ‘Cats will then travel east with back-to-back conference road duals against Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 17 and at the defending NCAA champions, Penn State, Sunday, Jan. 19.

    After the road trip, NU returns home for three straight Big Ten home duals, beginning with Alumni Weekend on Sunday, Jan. 26 when Wisconsin visits Evanston at 2 p.m. The ‘Cats then host back-to-back Friday matches at Welsh-Ryan Arena at 7 p.m., against Iowa on Jan. 31 and Indiana on Feb. 7.

    Northwestern travels to Champaign to face in-state rival Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 9, and then the ‘Cats close out their home schedule on Sunday, Feb. 16 against Stanford at 2 p.m.

    The regular season ends on the road as NU visits Durham, N.C., with a pair of nonconference duals against Duke and N.C. State on Saturday, Feb. 22.

    Wisconsin hosts the 2014 Big Ten Championships in Madison from March 8-10 and the 2013-14 season culminates at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. from March 20-22.

    Northwestern returns a veteran squad for 2013-14 that includes nine returning starters and 14 letterwinners from last year's team that finished in the top 20 at the NCAA championships. Five of six NCAA qualifiers from 2012-13 are back this year, including two-time All-American and NCAA finalist Mike McMullan (heavyweight).

    Please note that all dates and times for the 2013-14 schedule are subject to change. Be sure to check NUsports.com for any updates throughout the wrestling season.

    The Big Ten Network television schedule also will be released at a later date.

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