Oct 25, 2013 1:45 AM by Eric Burdick
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly's Pacific-12 Conference dual wrestling meet against Oregon State on Jan. 30 will be held outdoors in the plaza of the University Union.
The match will begin at 3 p.m.
"There are few if any locations in the U.S. that can pull off an outdoor wrestling match," said third-year Mustang head coach Brendan Buckley, "so to have this opportunity is quite exciting for all of us associated with Cal Poly wrestling.
"This will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our historic wrestling program and our beautiful campus as we take on Oregon State," Buckley added.
The Citadel has hosted three outdoor dual meets, including one last season against Arizona State. The Sun Devils also wrestled Arizona outdoors in the 1970s.
"There are but a handful of Division I wrestling programs that have a climate that would permit you to wrestle outside in January," said Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman. "This is a very unique opportunity to showcase our program to some folks on campus who otherwise have not seen a wrestling match, and to introduce our university to wrestling fans who may not understand the paradise that is Cal Poly."
The match is one of seven home dual meets for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly also will host Boise State on Jan. 12, Stanford on Feb. 9 and Arizona State in its homecoming match Feb. 14 for Pac-12 duals. The non-conference home duals are against North Dakota State on Jan. 4, Menlo on Jan. 18 and South Dakota State on Feb. 9.
Cal Poly opens its 2013-14 schedule with a Pac-12 dual meet at CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 7. The Mustangs will compete in tournaments at Fresno (Roadrunner Open), Las Vegas (Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational), Reno (Reno Tournament of Champions), Evanston, IL (Midlands) and San Francisco (California Collegiate Open).
Other dual meets on the road are at San Francisco State, Cal Baptist, Wyoming and Northern Colorado.
"We are very much looking forward to the 2013-14 season, in which we will compete against our fellow Pac-12 opponents as well as those from the West Region," Buckley said. "In addition, competing at the Las Vegas Invitational, the Reno Tournament of Champions and, for a few individuals, the Midlands, we will be able to compete against every major wrestling conference this season.
"Each wrestler on our team will be given a great opportunity to see the type of competition that can lead to an NCAA berth," Buckley added.
Cal Poly returns 11 lettermen and eight redshirts off the 2012-13 squad which won two of 13 duals, finished sixth in the Pac-12 finals and sent one representative to the nationals. This year's squad, which also includes 11 newcomers, all 2013 high school graduates, features a pair of Pac-12 champions -- Devon Lotito at 133 pounds in 2013 and Dominic Kastl at 165 pounds in 2012.
Cal Poly will hold its annual Green and Gold intrasquad meet Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Mott Athletics Center. The Pac-12 Conference Championship will be held March 1 at Stanford and the NCAA Division I National Championship us scheduled for March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
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