A change to a late-season date for the Cy-Hawk Series and frequent Friday competition await the Iowa wrestling team during the 2017-18 season.
The Hawkeyes’ schedule announced Wednesday includes a shift in the date for the annual meeting between Iowa and Iowa State.
The dual traditionally held early in the season in recent years will now be the final dual of the year for the Hawkeyes, who will meet first-year coach Kevin Dresser’s team at Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Coach Tom Brands’ 12th Iowa team will wrestle at least six of its eight home meets on Friday nights during the upcoming season, including duals against top-10 programs Oklahoma State on Jan. 12 and Minnesota on Feb. 2.
Iowa could also host a top-10 Michigan team at home on a Friday, although the date for that dual on the weekend of Jan. 26-28 remains fluid as do the dates for meets at Ohio State on Jan. 19-21 and at Penn State on Feb. 9-11.
Prior to that, Iowa begins its dual schedule with meets on the final two Fridays of November, starting with Buffalo, Iowa Central and North Dakota State participating in the Iowa City Duals on Nov. 17.
The following Friday, Nov. 24, Iowa will host Rider. The Hawkeyes will also host Friday duals against Illinois on Dec. 1 and Michigan State on Jan. 5 and will wrestle at Rutgers and Maryland on Dec. 8 and 10 prior to competing in the Midlands Championships.
The only home dual on the Iowa schedule that is locked into a date other than a Friday is the home finale. The Hawkeyes’ Senior Day meet is scheduled for Feb. 4 against Northwestern.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 season are now available, priced at $80 and available at hawkeyesports.com. The deadline for renewing season tickets is Sept. 8.
Iowa will also host the 2018 UWW World Cup next April, an international dual meet championship featuring the top eight men’s freestyle teams in the World. The dates for that event being held in Iowa for the first time have not been set but will be on either April 7-8 or April 21-22.
Fans purchasing Iowa season wrestling tickets also have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the World Cup, with packages priced between $75-$225 for the World Cup event available with a season-ticket purchase.
Single-dual tickets for the Hawkeye season and tickets for the World Cup for the general public will go on sale on Nov. 1.