App State has announced its 2020-21 wrestling schedule, which includes eight league matches as part of four tri-meets and the Southern Conference Championships in late February being held at the Holmes Center in Boone for the third straight year.
The Mountaineers unofficially begin competition with a Black & Gold Intrasquad event on Friday, Dec. 18, in Varsity Gym. Two mats will be used for 2 p.m. prelims, with finals at each weight class starting at 6 p.m. on a single mat. It will be the first App State Wrestling event streamed by Yosef Media, and access to the stream is available by subscribing to Yosef Media’s Rokfin channel.
Stay tuned for more information about fan attendance and ticket availability for home events. Currently, with the continued implementation of Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 176, Phase 3 of North Carolina’s coronavirus restrictions allows for indoor venues to have no more than 25 spectators.
Fans have the opportunity to make their presence felt by purchasing a wrestling fan cutout to have their faces in Varsity Gym for $59 or $30 (student rate), as proceeds from the sales will go directly to App State Athletics to support our student-athletes.
Under the direction of head coach JohnMark Bentley, in the past six seasons, App State’s 37-4 conference record ranks No. 5 nationally in all of Division I wrestling behind just Missouri, Oklahoma State, Cornell and Penn State. The Mountaineers bring back seven wrestlers who were among the team’s 10 starters for the majority of the 2019-20 season, and three of the returning starters were NCAA qualifiers.
On Saturday, Jan. 2, the season officially opens with the App State Individual Quad tournament that will welcome wrestlers from Virginia, Kent State and The Citadel.
The Mountaineers’ lone nonconference dual will be held Friday, Jan. 8, at NC State, and App State wrestlers will compete in Raleigh again a day later at the Wolfpack Round Robin event.
With the addition of Bellarmine increasing the number of SoCon wrestling programs to nine, App State’s eight SoCon matches are spread across four tri-meets, with two matches apiece on those days.
The Mountaineers open their league schedule Jan. 17 in Boone with a Sunday tri-meet involving matches against Bellarmine (2:30 p.m.) and Davidson (4 p.m.). On the following Saturday, Jan. 23, App State travels to Buies Creek for the second straight year for a tri-meet involving host Campbell (2 p.m.) and Gardner-Webb (3:30 p.m.).
App State closes the month with a Sunday tri-meet on Jan. 31 at home against Chattanooga (2 p.m.) and Presbyterian (5 p.m.). The Mountaineers wrap up the regular season five days later at a Feb. 5 tri-meet in Lexington, Va., with matches against The Citadel and VMI.
This year’s SoCon Championships are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Holmes Center in Boone, and the NCAA Championships run from March 18-20 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Enterprise Center is the 19,260-seat home to the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.