Don't miss NWCA All-Star Classic at Penn State Tuesday: tickets available plus stream on FloWrestling
by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
One of the highlights for the season takes place on Tuesday night, as the NWCA All-Star Classic will be hosted at historic Rec Hall at Penn State University.
This annual showcase of college wrestling, featuring matches in men’s folkstyle and women’s freestyle, brings together top stars from around the nation. Action begins at 7:00 p.m. ET
For anybody who can get to State College on Tuesday night, tickets are still available HERE
Those who can’t attend can enjoy the action live on FloWrestling HERE
NCAA No. 1 Penn State has five wrestlers who will compete, Shayne Van Ness (149), Carter Starocci (174), Bernie Truax (184), Aaron Brooks (197) and Greg Kerkvliet (285).
No. 1 ranked Div. I wrestlers in the men’s bouts included Starocci, Brooks, Kerkvliet, Anthony Noto of Lock Haven (125) and Parker Keckeisen of UNI (184).
Included in the 10 men’s matches is a 157-pound battle between NCAA Div. II star Nick Novak of St. Cloud State and NCAA Div. III star Nolan Hertel of UW-LaCrosse.
There are four women’s showdowns, three of which have battles between a star from an NCAA team against a star from an NAIA team. There are a pair of No. 1 vs. No. 1 matches – Adaugo Nwachukwu of NAIA William Penn vs. Yele Aycock of NCAA North Central at 136 pounds, plus Marlynne Deede of NCAA Iowa vs. Latifah McBryde from NAIA Life at 160 pounds.
There are 15 different men’s teams represented and five different women’s teams featured on the card.
For a complete preview, check out the FloWrestling coverage page
2023 NWCA All-Star Classic Men’s Matchups
125: #1 Anthony Noto, Lock Haven vs #4 Matt Ramos, Purdue
133: #5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech vs Connor McGonagle, Lehigh
141: #3 Lachlan McNeil, North Carolina vs #9 Josh Koderhandt, Navy
149: #2 Shayne Van Ness, Penn State vs #3 Kyle Parco, Arizona State
157: #1 (DII) Nick Novak, St. Cloud State vs #2 (DIII) Nolan Hertel, UW-LaCrosse
165: #4 Dean Hamiti, Wisconsin vs #6 Izzak Olejnik, Oklahoma State
174: #1 Carter Starocci, Penn State vs #2 Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech
184: #1 Parker Keckeisen, Northern Iowa vs #2 Bernie Truax, Penn State
197: #1 Aaron Brooks, Penn State vs #2 Tanner Sloan, South Dakota State
285: #1 Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State vs #2 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force
2023 NWCA All-Star Classic Women’s Matchups
116: #3 Sydney Petzinger, North Central (NCAA) vs #2 Samara Chavez, King (NCAA)
130: #1 Sarah Savidge, Life (NAIA) vs #2 Alexis Janiak, Aurora (NCAA)
136: #1 Adaugo Nwachukwu, William Penn (NAIA) vs #1 Yele Aycock, North Central (NCAA)
160: #1 Marlynne Deede, Iowa (NCAA) vs #1 Latifah McBryde, Life (NAIA)