NEW YORK - Head coach Brendan Buckley recently announced the 2011-12 wrestling schedule.  The slate includes four home matches in University Gymnasium, and a number of tournaments and duals in six different states.

The Lions open the 2011-12 campaign with a number of high quality tournaments on the road.  First up is a trip to East Lansing, Mich., where Columbia will compete in the Michigan State Open on November 12. This is the first time the team has competed at this tournament since 2003.  The following week the squad travels to Ithaca, N.Y., for the Body Bar Invitational hosted by Cornell on November 20. 

Columbia returns to the Nittany Lion Open on December 4 for the first time since the 2002 season, and then will close out 2011 at the Mat Town Tournament on December 29.

To begin the New Year, the Lions open the dual portion of their schedule at the Pitt Duals on January 7th.  It will be a busy day for the wrestlers who will take on Virginia Military Institute, Pitt, Davidson and Eastern Michigan.

The home opener for the 2011-12 season is slated for January 13 when the Lions host EIWA foe Army for a 7 p.m. match in University Gym.  This marks the first time the two schools have met in Morningside Heights since 2007.

The team again hits the road for the annual New York State Tournament on January 20-21, before returning to dual meets on January 27 at Franklin & Marshall.

Five of the next six matches will be against Ivy League teams beginning with Cornell in Ithaca on February 4.  Six days later the Lions travel to nearby Princeton for a 7 p.m. battle before traveling to Penn and Rider the following day.

Columbia will close out the dual portion of the season back in University Gym, hosting Harvard and Brown on February 18 and Hofstra on February 19.  These matches will serve as the final test for the wrestlers before beginning their post-season run.

The EIWA Championships are set for March 3-4 at Princeton, followed by the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, March 15-17.