NCAA finalists Nahshon Garrett, Nick Gwiazdowski and Darrion Caldwell are among the wrestlers who have committed to compete at the 2014 Adam Frey Classic July 12, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday.
The sixth edition of this annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, July 12 at Rider University in Trenton, N.J. All proceeds go to the Adam Frey Foundation, a non-profit organization to give comfort to and provide enjoyment for those receiving treatment for cancer.
This year’s Adam Frey Classic consists of two events: an all-star match featuring current and former college mat stars, and a dual-format team tournament.
Among the competitors with impressive college credentials who are scheduled to wrestle include Cornell University’s Nahshon Garrett, 125-pound runner-up at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, and North Carolina State’s Nick Gwiazdowski, crowned heavyweight champ at this year’s Nationals. Former NC State wrestler Darrion Caldwell, who won the 149-pound title at the 2009 NCAAs in a stunning upset over Iowa’s Brent Metcalf and now competes in mixed martial arts, is expected to take to the mat as well.
Other wrestlers include Rider’s Rob Deutsch, B.J. Clagon, and Chad Walsh; Old Dominion’s Devin Geoghen and Scott Fejesto; Rutgers’ Scott Delveccio and Tyler Hunt; Las Vegas Athletic Club’s Steve Mytych; University of North Carolina’s Troy Heilmann; University of Illinois’ Steve Rodrigues; Grand View’s A.J. Mott; Franklin & Marshall’s Rich Durso; and Lehigh’s Randy Cruz and Darian Cruz.
Last year’s event, held at Long Branch High School in New Jersey in mid-June, featured Robert Hamlin, two-time NCAA finalist for Lehigh. Outstanding Wrestler of the event was Robert Deutsch of Rider University.
Adam Frey was a Cornell wrestler who was diagnosed with cancer after the 2008 NCAAs. After a nearly two-year battle – which he shared with the world in his online blog that later became a book -- Frey passed away in late December 2009 at age 23.