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2013 All-Star host George Mason gets $38K gift from wrestling/business group

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The George Mason University wrestling program has received a $38,000 gift from the Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Thursday.

According to the NWCA, the GWWBN gift was the result of a successful 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic in early November, hosted by George Mason, located in Fairfax, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The NWCA statement continued, “The gift was made possible because of all of the efforts that the GWWBN put in to making the event a financial success through ticket sales and sponsorship.”

“The success of our local group through the efforts of the local community and our relationship with the National Wrestling Coaches Association has enabled us to have the funds to distribute to the GMU program,” said Dan Wotring, a former GMU wrestler and local businessman who is a founding member of the GWWBN Board. “It is exciting for us to do so.”

Mike Moyer, Executive Director of the NWCA, cited his organization’s relationship with the Wrestlers In Business Network (WIBN), an organization created this summer that brings together the Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network and Wrestlers in Business – along with the NWCA and the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) -- in a nationwide network to encourage partnerships and collaboration in the wrestling and business communities to help promote the sport.

“We have developed a strong partnership with the WIBN,” said the NWCA’s Moyer. “I am excited that our All Star Classic has become a vehicle that creates financial means to support the wrestling community, as well as an event that reflects well on our sport. The WIBN has a unique place within the wrestling community and is doing wonderful work.”

The 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic, held Nov. 2 at George Mason’s Patriot Center, was the second consecutive collegiate All-Star event to be held in the Washington, D.C. area, with the support of the GWWBN and active involvement of its members. The organization was also instrumental in helping American University host last year’s All-Stars.

Both All-Star Classics were successful in a number of ways, in terms of attendance and generating positive media attention, as well as for incorporating innovative promotion. The promotion efforts for last year’s All-Stars focused on the marquee match-up between arguably the two top college wrestlers of the 2012-13 season, Cornell’s Kyle Dake and Penn State’s David Taylor, which helped lead to the first sell-out of an All-Star event since 2001. Innovative promotional ideas for this year’s All-Star Classic included two first-ever out-of-weight class matches (at 133, Iowa's Tony Ramos vs. Virginia Tech's Devin Carter, and, at 141, Ohio State's Logan Stieber vs. Oklahoma's Kendric Maple ), and allowing fans to help select the final three matches as top-of-the-card bouts for the event, presumably saving the best for last, as done in mixed martial arts events.

Want All-Star Classic recaps? Check out College Wrestling Examiner's write-ups of the 2012 All-Stars (at American) and the 2013 All-Stars (George Mason).

Want to know what goes into hosting the All-Stars? Last year, InterMat interviewed Teague Moore, head coach at American University, to get the behind-the-scenes story on how his school successfully hosted the 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic, with the assistance of the GWWBN. (You might recognize Moore as one of the partners in the new Association of Career Wrestlers -- Tour ACW -- which had its test event in Pittsburgh in October.)

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