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|All-American, Redshirt Seniors to compete at 197 pounds at 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic|
By Coyte Cooper NWCA
WASHINGTON D.C. - The 197 pound weight class bout at the 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps will feature a pair of Pennsylvania All-Americans in Quentin Wright of Penn State University wrestling against Matt Wilps of the University of Pittsburgh.
Wright, a three-time All-American and the 2011 NCAA Wrestling champion, will be looking to become a four-time All-American as he moves up to 197lbs for his senior season.
Wright enters his senior season with a career record of 84-23. Wright had an outstanding junior season going 30-4 on the year while finishing 3rd in the Big Ten Championships and 2nd in the NCAA Championships. Wright earned his third All-American status, and became the twentieth three-time All-American in Pennsylvania State University history.
In his sophomore season, Wright had an outstanding post-season run going from the 8th seed in the Big Ten tournament to capturing both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
As a freshman, wrestling at 174 pounds, Wright finished second at the Big Ten Championships and sixth at the NCAA Championships, earning his first All-American status.
As a redshirt sophomore, during the 2010-2011 season, Wright wrestled up at 184 pounds and won both the Big 10 Championships and NCAA Championships, earning two-time All-American honors.
Wright was third at the Big 10 Championships in 2012 as a redshirt junior, and finished second at the NCAA Championships after losing to Steve Bosak of Cornell by a score of 4-2.
Wright is currently 11th All-Time in Pins at Penn State and 15th in NCAA Tournament wins.
Wilps had a break out 2011-12 season winning his second EWL Championship and finishing 4th in the NCAA Championships to earn his first All-American honors.
Wilps completed his junior season with a 34-5 overall record. Wilps led his team in wins, dual wins, dual points, and longest win streak. Wilps further won Wrestler of the Week honors and was named MVP by his team
Wilps has a career record of 104-34 and is a three-time NCAA qualifier.
Wright and Wilps also both wrestled high school in the state of Pennsylvania at Bald Eagle Area and Chartiers Valley respectively.
The NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps will occur on November 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Bender Arena on the campus of American University in Washington D.C. The NWCA All-Star classic is hosted by the DC Athletic Club and Greater Washington Business Network and is also sponsored by Balance Bar.
For more information on the event, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA Facebook and Twitter pages.
The NWCA Classic serves as a premier event to help grow the sport of wrestling. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the sport in the Washington DC area.
About the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.