Strong Regional Duals, Premier Tournaments Highlight 2022-23 Wrestling Schedule

Hempstead, NY – Hofstra’s Head Wrestling Coach Denis Papadatos today unveiled Hofstra’s full schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 wrestling season, including three home games against tough conference competition.

A number of top domestic tournaments, along with a list of tough regional doubles matches, highlight a 2022-23 competitive season for Pride. The schedule also includes post-season competition at the 2023 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at The Palestra on March 4-5, and the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. 2023 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. March 16-18.

“We tried to put in place a strong regional EIWA double-meeting model for the calendar and couple it with the showcase tournaments of the year,” said Papadatos, who is entering his ninth season as head coach of the Hofstra wrestling program. “We’re going to the Vegas Invitational, Southern Scuffle, Journeymen Collegiate Classic and Black Knight Invitational to make sure our athletes are in those prime time matches with the right RPI matches. We’ve also been working in rest breaks , periods of tough travel and back-to-back matchups, so we’re making sure our team is prepared with the rigors needed to win and that they’re physically and mentally fresh and ready to give their best.”

Following the intra-squad Hofstra Wrestle-Offs at 1:30 p.m. on October 27, the season officially begins on November 6 at the Princeton Open, followed by the Journeymen Collegiate Classic on November 13 and the Black Knight Invitational on November 20.

Pride kicks off in December with a trip to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational on December 2-3 before opening its doubleheader and EIWA schedules with a home game against the American on December 22. from the David S. Mack Physical Education Center. All four home games will be held inside the David S. Mack Physical Education Center.

Hofstra will ring in 2023 with a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the prestigious two-day Southern Scuffle, followed by the final tournament of the season on Jan. 6 at the F&M Open.

Pride resumes its dual-competition season with a pair of road meets against Bucknell (January 9) and Buffalo (January 15), before a January 21 home affair against Franklin & Marshall, followed by road duels against the foes of the EIWA Binghamton (Jan. 26) and Navy (Jan. 28) to close out the first month of the new year. February kicks off with back-to-back matches at home against George Mason (February 3) and Drexel (February 5), before leaving the state to face Sacred Heart and Harvard on February 11. The regular season will conclude with Senior Day on February 18 against California Baptist.

“We put a lot of time, energy and thought into how we wanted to prepare our student-athletes for March,” Papadatos continued. “We think the calendar does just that, and the guys on the team are excited about what’s in store for them.”

Papadatos and Pride coaching staff welcome back nine starters from previous season, including two NCAA qualifiers Zachary Knighton-WardNCAA qualifying 2021 Trey Rogersand EIWA 2022 winner Justin Hoylewhile adding six freshmen and four transfers into the fold for the upcoming season.

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