The Collegiate Wrestling Duals will be the biggest wrestling event of 2021 with twelve top-ranked teams, including #1 Iowa and #2 Penn State, competing in the event. If you’re wondering how the event works or how you can watch, then this is your complete primer.
What are the Collegiate Duals?
Not to be confused with the National Collegiate Duals, this event is the first of its kind in recent years. In August 2021, Journeymen Wrestling announced the dual-style format event that would bring the top teams across multiple conferences to compete in high-level competition.
How Can You Watch?
You can watch the Collegiate Duals live on Rokfin on December 20-21, 2021. With an active Rokfin subscription ($9.99/month) and a pay-per-view fee ($10) you will receive access to all 18 duals that will take place. You may be on the fence about purchasing Rokfin, in which case I’d recommend this article comparing Rokfin vs. FloWrestling. If you’re in the Florida area, you can purchase tickets to attend the event for $75.
What is the Format of the Duals?
Wrestling will take place over two days. On day one (December 20) there is a pool play format. Teams will compete within their pools, Red and Blue, to determine a winner. Red and Blue pools are broken down into two sub-pools. Day one performance will determine placement matchups for day two within the overall pool.
For example, if Iowa and NC State win their sub-pools, they advance to the Red Pool Championship Finals. To be clear: Red Pool and Blue Pool will NOT mix. So, don’t expect to see Penn State vs Iowa.
Teams Competing in Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Twelve D1 teams are competing in the Collegiate Duals, including nine top-25 ranked teams. Amongst those teams, there are six #1 ranked wrestlers, 35 NCAA placewinners, and 7 NCAA Champions. This will make for some incredible matchups. Below is a list of the teams broken up by pool.
Red Pool Teams
- Binghamton Bearcats (EIWA)
- Central Michigan Chippewas (MAC)
- Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten)
- Lehigh Mountain Hawks (EIWA)
- Missouri Tigers (Big 12)
- NC State Wolfpack (ACC)
Blue Pool Teams
- Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac 12)
- Cornell Big Red (EIWA)
- Hofstra Pride (EIWA)
- Northern Iowa Panthers (Big 12)
- Penn State (Big Ten)
- Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC)
What is the Schedule?
Wrestling will take place December 20 from 11:00am EST until 11:00pm EST. On day two, placement matchups will happen from 2:00pm EST through 9:00pm EST. Please note that all times listed on the Rokfin event page will be in the Niceville, FL local time, which is CST. Below is a complete schedule.
Day 1 (December 20)
11:00am EST: Binghamton vs. Mizzou, Hofstra vs. Virginia Tech
1:00pm EST: NC State vs. Binghamton, Arizona State vs. Hofstra
3:00pm EST: Mizzou vs. NC State, Virginia Tech vs. Arizona State
5:00pm EST: Lehigh vs. Central Michigan, Northern Iowa vs. Cornell
7:00pm EST: Iowa vs. Central Michigan, Northern Iowa vs. Penn State
9:00pm EST: Iowa vs. Lehigh, Cornell vs. Penn State
Day 2 (December 21)
2:00pm EST: 5th/6th place matches
4:00pm EST: 3rd/4th place matches
6:00pm EST: Red Pool Championship Match
8:00pm EST: Blue Pool Championship Match
How to Keep Track of the Event
Did you know you can make predictions and keep track of scores for the event with Fanco’s College Wrestling Score Sheets? Grab a friend or challenge your family to predict the scores for all 18 duals at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals. Then, as the matches are happening, you can write in the actual scores to see how well you did.
Download your Collegiate Duals Score Sheets for FREE here.