Jake Swartz, two-time Pac-12 champion for Boise State, has been selected to replace Penn State’s Ed Ruth in the 184-pound match vs. Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic Nov. 2, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Friday.
Swartz, a three-time NCAA championships qualifier, is ranked No. 5 in the nation at 184 in preseason rankings by InterMat, and sixth by Amateur Wrestling News. He finished 33-5 last season, and has an overall record of 74-27. The Auburn, Wash. native won back-to-back Pac-12 titles in 2012 and 2013.
The wrestler Swartz is facing at the All-Stars, Sheptock, is a two-time ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) champion, claiming consecutive conference crowns in 2012 and 2013. Sheptock is ranked No. 3 at 184 by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat.
Swartz and Sheptock are familiar foes, having wrestled at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Des Moines. Sheptock edged Swartz, 3-2, in the second round of the nationals. Swartz finished in the Round of 12 at the 2013 NCAAs; Sheptock placed sixth, earning All-American honors. Both are seniors.
"Jake Swartz is very tough, so Jimmy Sheptock will have his hands full with him," Joe Russell, head coach at host school George Mason University, told Takedown Wrestling's Scott Casber on Friday.
It will be the second straight year that a Boise State wrestler has been invited to the All-Star Classic. Last year, Jason Chamberlain defeated Oklahoma’s Nick Lester 6-3 in the 149-pound bout.
No reason was given in the announcement as to why Swartz was replacing the top-ranked Ruth, a two-time NCAA champ and three-time Big Ten conference champion, in the 184-pound match at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic. The Ruth-Sheptock match was originally announced Oct. 4. Changes such as Ruth bowing out are almost an annual event for the All-Stars.
An annual fixture on college wrestling schedule since 1967, the NWCA All-Star Classic traditionally features match-ups of the two top wrestlers in each weight class. For the past decade, the event has served as the kickoff for the national college wrestling season.
The 2013 All-Star Classic takes place Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:15 p.m. Eastern at Patriot Center on the GMU campus in suburban Washington, D.C. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the Ticketmaster website. For more information on the All-Star Classic, visit the NWCA website.
Want to know more about the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic? Listen to an audio interview with event host Joe Russell, conducted by Takedown Wrestling's Scott Casber.
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