Ohio State will face a trio of ACC opponents as part of its non-conference schedule this wrestling season, the school announced Wednesday. North Carolina and Pittsburgh will travel to Columbus for duals in November and December, while the Buckeyes will travel to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech in November.
Notre Dame College, the Ohio Intercollegiate Open and the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational round out the non-Big Ten portion of the team's 2021-2022 campaign.
In a Tweet announcing dates for the non-conference meets, the team revealed that the Big Ten schedule will include four home and four away meets this season, for a total of seven meets wrestled in Columbus, five duals on the road and a pair of open or invitational tournaments during the regular season.
Mark your calendars— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) August 25, 2021
Our non-conference schedule features home duals vs. UNC, NDC, & Pitt. Big Ten schedule is still TBD but will include four home and four away duals. Season tickets coming #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/uDnWRtAcFe
Ohio State has interesting connections or storylines with its marquee non-conference opponents. North Carolina's Austin O'Connor defeated Sammy Sasso in the 149-pound championship bout in a 3-2 decision, Virginia Tech upset the Buckeyes in Columbus the last time the two teams met, and Pitt head coach Keith Gavin and volunteer assistant Luke Pletcher both wrestled in Columbus under Tom Ryan (Gavin at the Ohio Regional Training Center and Pletcher as a four-year starter).