Lander wrestling will compete on 17 dates during its inaugural 2019-20 season, including five matches in Finis Horne Arena.
The Bearcats will hold the first match in Horne Arena on Dec. 7 against Mount Olive, followed four days later with action against Keiser and Truett McConnell.
King and Emmanuel visit Greenwood on Jan. 24, 2020, followed by UNC Pembroke (Feb. 5) and Newberry (Feb. 20) Lander’s road tests will come at Belmont Abbey (Dec. 19), Kentucky Wesleyan (Jan. 9), Limestone (Jan. 17), Coker (Jan. 19), and Queens (Feb. 19).
Six tournaments are featured on the schedule. Lander’s first wrestling competition in school history will come Nov. 2 in the Georgia Open. One week later, the Bearcats head to Pembroke, North Carolina, for the UNCP Classic. The month concludes with the King Open on Nov. 24.
Lander makes its longest trip of the season Dec. 14-15 for the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis and participates in the NWCA Collegiate Open in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Jan. 10. The final tournament of the regular season is the Newberry Open on Feb. 9.
Lander’s squad was recently tabbed as the No. 9 recruiting class in the Division II ranks by The Open Mat. The Bearcats’ roster will feature 28 combined high school state titles and 10 high school All-American honors.