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Bobcat Wrestling Releases 2015-16 Schedule

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The wrestling season is just over a month away, and the Ohio Bobcats released their schedule for the 2015-16 campaign on Thursday.

On the slate for the Bobcats’ regular season are six home meets, seven away meets and four trips to various opens and tournaments.

The Bobcats kick off the season on Nov. 1 with their annual Green and White Intrasquad meet.

Regular season competition starts at the Eastern Michigan Duals, where the team will take on three high-quality opponents in Northwestern, Edinboro and Michigan State.

After trips to the Michigan State Open and the Navy Classic, the ‘Cats will make a trip to Columbia, Missouri, on Dec. 13 to take on the 2014-15 Mid-American Conference Champion Missouri Tigers.

A non-conference matchup with Tennessee Chattanooga and competition at the Midlands in Evanston, Illinois, wrap up the month of December.

Ohio’s first home match of the season will come in a dual with the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Jan. 8. The same weekend the ‘Cats travel to take on Central Michigan, before coming back to Athens for three home duals in a row.

A dual with MAC-rival Kent State on Jan. 15 starts the three-match home stand. Clarion comes to The Convocation Center a day later, and the home stretch wraps up against Northern Illinois on Jan 22.

Trips to Buffalo and Northern Iowa round out the January slate.

February brings Ohio’s final two home meets. The first comes against Old Dominion on Feb. 7. The team will travel to Gardner-Webb and American before closing out the regular season at home against Appalachian State on Feb. 21.

Ohio will make a second trip to Ypsilanti, Michigan, as Eastern Michigan hosts the MAC Championships on March 5 and 6. There, 174-pounder Cody Walters will look to become a four-time MAC Champ.

The season concludes with the NCAA Championships from New York City. The three-day tournament starts on March 17 and concludes on March 19.

Last year Ohio sent six wrestlers to the big dance, but left without an All-American for the first time since the 2010-11 season.  Of Ohio’s six qualifiers last year, Walters, Tywan Claxton, 149 pounds, Sparty Chino, 157, Andrew Romanchik, 184, and Phil Wellington, 197, return and have their eyes set on the bright lights of Madison Square Garden.