December 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm #17196
Kevin Doyle just retweeted an article about a scheduling deal between Michigan St. and Northeastern. They’ve “bundled” home and home agreements for hoops and hockey.
Is this something LU could explore with wrestling and hoops? I know nothing about scheduling for wrestling duals. But I’m wondering if our reputation/status in wrestling could be used to our advantage? Schools that would love to make wrestling deals, but wouldn’t likely do home and home for hoops? Interesting to me, anyway…December 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm #17197
I’m not sure how other schools operate but I have gotten the impression from several sources that the individual coaches have more say than anyone in putting together a schedule. I got this feedback from both basketball in wrestling. It would take some coordination and a scenario where there is a college with a high profile basketball program and a low profile wrestling program looking to expand. I cannot think of a college offhand in that situation.December 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm #17200
I’m looking at 20-30 in wrestling rankings; list i see doesn’t go any lower. But I see names I like there: NC St., Kent St., ODU, Indiana – and Duke!! Maybe those wrestling programs are already established, though – I dunno.
Would love to see a list of 30-80 or so…December 12, 2014 at 9:15 pm #17201
Interesting list Todd. Indiana is in the Big 10. They are not looking for an imposing out of conference opponent. NC State has always intrigued me since former coach Guzzo (who still has a role with the Wolfpack) is from the LV and regularly scours this area for talent. They, however have a far more difficult schedule than we do already.
The other 2 however are intriguing. ODU has had incredible recruiting success over the last few years but really not much to show for it. Kent St. is located in a really good wrestling state. Both are not reaches in basketball nor wrestling. If I see Doc or Pat, I will mention it to them.December 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm #17202
I’m sad to say we bundled up Rider, and lost in hoops and in wrestling. That should never happen.December 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm #17203
A typical Lehigh wrestling schedule includes 8 to 10 league opponents and another 2 or 3 traditional opponents (Penn St, Pitt, Rutgers) with one road trip to traditionally strong programs (this year Northwestern and Illinois, last year Boise and Oregon St). With the tournaments, that pretty much fills the season. We have also had matches with VA Tech, Iowa, Central Michigan to name a few. The OOC matches are usually done on a home and home, although getting Iowa and the Oklahomas to come east is not easy.
A lot of schools have dropped wrestling, leaving the field for scheduling a bit tighter. But we are successful in getting home and home with pretty much all of the traditionally strong programs, not sure if this would parlay into BB however.December 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm #17204
Yeah, I hadn’t really considered the fact that some of those guys are Big 10 and ACC. I’m sure they don’t have any scheduling problems. But schools like Kent St. or ODU would be nice to lock up for hoops. Sounds like our wrestling doesn’t need any help – but maybe they’d be game to help the hoops with schedule troubles.
Didn’t really have any expectations that the idea would go anywhere – but cool to know that you could plant a seed, TMH!December 13, 2014 at 4:15 am #17206
Rider is a legitimate Top 20 school in wrestling. They beat Wisconsin the week before us. As for the thread, a great idea for a Duke rematch. Their wrestling is trying to expand, but difficult to do. They’ve beat us every few years.December 13, 2014 at 5:06 am #17209
Like, really-really top 20, or like, right now top 20?December 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm #17213
Rider is a very good dual meet team with solid guys at every weight, not so much a tournament team. Meet was tied and Rider won on match point criteria, with us having 2 starters out.
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