BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley on Thursday announced the Mountaineers’ schedule for the 2019-20 season, and season tickets are now on sale.
In addition to hosting the 2020 Southern Conference Championships at the Holmes Center on March 8, App State’s home events at Varsity Gym include the season-opening Mountaineer Invitational on Nov. 9 and the Appalachian Open on Jan. 25 as well as nonconference duals against ACC programs NC State (Dec. 13) and Duke (Jan. 23) in Boone.
App State, which has won a Southern Conference regular-season title in each of the last four years, hosts SoCon home duals on Sundays against league newcomer Presbyterian (Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.), Davidson (also Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. to conclude the doubleheader) and VMI (Feb. 23).
App State’s other home dual is against highly regarded nonconference opponent Lock Haven on Jan. 16.
Season tickets for App State Wrestling are available for $35 (adults) and $15 (youth) by clicking HERE for an online purchase, contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079 or going to the App State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. The 2019-20 wrestling season is presented by Hungry Howies.
Single-match tickets are $7 (adult) and $3 (youth), with the visit from NC State set as a premium match with a price of $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
At 25-2, App State has the nation’s fifth-best conference record over the last four years, and it is one of four programs nationally with at least four straight league titles. Bentley is 97-66-1 entering his 11th season as head coach, and his team has three returning NCAA qualifiers in Cary Miller, Matt Zovistoski and Codi Russell.
“We have an extremely challenging schedule as always,” Bentley said. “With three Power Five opponents and five teams that will start the season ranked in the top 25, this year’s team will be battled-tested for March.”
The Mountaineer Invitational on Nov. 9 is currently scheduled to include wrestlers from programs such as Oregon State, West Virginia, Central Michigan, Air Force, Kent State, Duke and Gardner-Webb.
Over the course of three straight Sundays, App State wrestlers will compete at the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh on Nov. 17, the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia on Nov. 24 and at North Carolina in a nonconference dual against the Tar Heels on Dec. 1. The home dual against NC State on Dec. 13 is a Friday night event starting at 7 p.m.
From there, the Mountaineers are on the road for a dual at Little Rock on Dec. 18, the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., from Jan. 1-2 and their first SoCon dual at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 9.
The SoCon doubleheader involving Presbyterian/Davidson, the Thursday night dual against Lock Haven at 6:30 p.m., another Thursday night dual against Duke the following week and the Appalachian Open on the final Saturday in June wraps up a homestand to conclude that month.
App State begins February with SoCon road duals against Chattanooga (Feb. 2), The Citadel (Feb. 8) and Campbell (Feb. 13). Last season, there was a three-way tie for the SoCon regular season title between App State, Chattanooga and Campbell.
VMI visits Boone for App State’s Senior Day on Feb. 23 before the postseason arrives with the SoCon Championships on the second Sunday in March, followed by the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis from March 19-21.