COLUMBIA, Ky. – The schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 Lindsey Wilson wrestling season was released by head coach Corey Ruff on Monday.
Four home duals and a number of top-tier competitions highlight the 20-event schedule for the upcoming campaign. The Blue Raiders look to follow-up their successful 2016-17 season that saw Lindsey Wilson finish as the national runner-up at the NAIA Wrestling Championship and four individuals garner NAIA All-American honors, including two national runner-ups.
The slate kicks off with a pair of early invitationals starting on Nov. 4 with the Patriot Open hosted by the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and two weeks later the Emmanuel Open on Nov. 18 in Franklin Springs, Georgia.
Blue Raider wrestling fans get an early in-person glimpse of the team on Nov. 27 when Lindsey Wilson hosts NCAA Division II member Bellarmine (Ky.) at Biggers Sports Center. It marks the first time since the 2012-13 season Lindsey Wilson has held a home dual in the first half of the season.
Competition in December begins out in Great Falls, Montana with the Battle of the Rockies Duals/Open on Dec. 1-2. Mid-South Conference action starts on Dec. 9 when the Blue Raiders head to Mount Vernon, Georgia to take on Life (Ga.) and Brewton-Parker (Ga.) in a tri-dual. Lindsey Wilson looks to capture a seventh-consecutive MSC title in 2017-18.
Three tough invitationals are up next starting with the Midwest Classic on Dec. 16-17 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The NAIA National Duals and NUWAY Open are scheduled for Jan. 4-5, and the Missouri Valley College Invite runs Jan. 19-20.
The Blue Raiders return to Biggers Sports Center on Jan. 26 for a tri-dual against MSC member Southeastern (Fla.) and Ellsworth Community College, a National Junior College Athletic Association power that took fifth place last year at the NJCAA National Championships.
Lindsey Wilson heads to Lebanon, Tennessee for the Cumberland Open on Jan. 27 followed by a dual against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Jan. 29.
Senior Night will be celebrated on Feb. 1 in the regular season home finale as the Blue Raiders host rival Campbellsville (Ky.). Lindsey Wilson heads back to Indianapolis for the Greyhound Open on Feb. 3 before wrapping up the regular season on the road in a dual at Cumberlands (Ky.) on Feb. 7.
Postseason competition begins on Feb. 17 with the Mid-South Conference Championships and NAIA East Qualifier in Bowling Green, Kentucky before the 2018 NAIA Wrestling National Championships on March 2-3 in Des Moines, Iowa.