KENT – Kent State head wrestling coach, Jim Andrassy, is excited to announce the 2022-23 wrestling schedule. The Golden Flashes will host five events this season, split between the MAC Center and the Kent State Field House, and will also return to a pair of historic events.
Just as it did last season, Kent State will start the year at the Clarion Open on Nov. 6 in Clarion, Pa. Louis Newell finished fifth at 141-pounds in his Kent State debut at the event last year.
The Flashes stay on the road for the final two events in November, visiting Appalachian State for the Mountaineer Invitational on Nov. 12, followed by a trip to Annapolis, Md. on Nov. 19 for the Navy Classic. Six wrestlers placed at both events last year, highlighted by second-place finishes by Michael Ferree spirit Kody Komara.
Kent State heads west to Nevada for the historic Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 2 and 3. The Flashes were one of eight programs last year that had eight or more wrestlers qualify for the Saturday bouts. On the way home from Vegas, the Flashes stopped off in Columbus on Dec. 11 to take on Ohio State. The two programs have not met on the mat since 2017, and the Flashes will look to take their first win over the Buckeyes since 2007.
Kent State rounds out 2022 with a pair of home matches against conference foes. The Flashes first host Northern Illinois on Dec. 18 inside the Kent State Field House, then take on Edinboro on Dec. 23 at the MAC Center.
The 2023 portion of the schedule begins with a bit of a reprieve from conference competition as the Flashes compete at the Franklin and Marshall College Open in Lancaster, Pa. on Jan. 7. The following weekend, the Flashes will make their 20th appearance at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virginia after going 1-2 at the event last year.
#MACtion resumes on Jan. 22 when KSU visits Buffalo in upstate New York. The Flashes and Bulls have split their last two meetings, but Kent State holds a 26-12 advantage all-time. On Jan. 27, the Flashes return to Kent and the Field House to host SIU-E and will look to extend their six-match win streak against the Cougars.
Kent State’s unique “Beauty and the Beast” event, which features the gymnastics and wrestling teams competing simultaneously inside the MAC Center, returns for the first time since 2019 on Jan. 29 when wrestling takes on Clarion.
The Flashes wrap up the regular season with four conference matches in February. Kent State takes on Ohio on Feb. 3 in Athens in the annual Grudge Match, then take the short trip north to face Cleveland State on Feb. 9. The Flashes host their final event of the year when Bloomsburg comes to town on Feb. 12, then hit the road once more to battle Central Michigan on Feb. 17.
George Mason hosts the 2023 Mid-American Conference Championships on Mar. 3 and 4 while the NCAA Championships will be held in Tulsa, Ok. on March 16-18.