Two NCAA All-Americans -- Nahshon Garrett of Cornell University, and University of Oklahoma’s Jarrod Patterson – will square off in the 125-pound match at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic, event sponsors announced Friday.
The Garrett vs. Patterson bout – along with a first-ever out-of-weight-class match-up between Ohio State’s Logan Stieber, and Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple – will take place Nov. 2 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. just outside Washington, D.C.
Coming off a redshirt year in 2012-13, Patterson is a three-year starter and NCAA qualifier for the Sooners. Among his career highlights: Big 12 champ as a freshman, All-American honors at the 2011 NCAAs, and an 84-26 overall career record. In addition, Patterson is no stranger to the NWCA All-Star Classic, having wrestled Kent State's Nic Bedelyon at the 2011 All-Stars.
Garrett exploded onto the college wrestling scene as a freshman during the 2012-2013 season, grabbing the EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) title, and All-American honors at the 2013 NCAAs by placing third at 125. He wrapped up his first year at Cornell by being named EIWA Freshman of the Year, Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and First Team All-Ivy honors.
Other matches are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
An annual fixture on college wrestling schedule since 1967, the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s 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.
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