Nick Gwiazdowski and Darrion Caldwell, NCAA Division I wrestling champs from North Carolina State, were among the winners at the sixth annual Adam Frey Classic at Rider University Saturday, according to the organization’s Facebook page.
The Wolfpack's Gwiazdowski, crowned heavyweight champ at the 2014 NCAAs, defeated A.J. Mott of Grand View University at the exhibition fundraiser at Rider Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J. Caldwell, 2009 NCAA titlewinner for NC State who upset defending champ Brent Metcalf of Iowa in the 149-pound finals, beat James Fleming, a past NCAA All-American for Clarion University in Pennsylvania, in a wrestling match featuring emerging mixed martial arts competitors.
The 2014 Adam Frey Classic also featured Cornell University’s Nahshon Garrett, 125-pound finalist at the 2014 NCAAs. Garrett topped Rob Deutsch of Rider in Deutsch’s home gym.
In other results, Scott Fejesto (Old Dominion) dec. Morris; Troy Heilmann (University of North Carolina) dec. Matt Cimato (Drexel); Richie Lewis (Iowa Central Community College) dec. Tyler Hunt (Rutgers); Canaan Bethea (University of Pennsylvania) dec. Abram Ayala (Princeton University); Ray Bethea (Penn) dec. Brennan; Shane Hughes (Columbia) dec.Peter Renda (NC State); Scott Delveccio (Rutgers) dec. Darian Cruz (Lehigh); Randy Cruz (Lehigh) dec. Sam Speno (North Carolina State); B.J. Clagon (Rider) pinned Rick Dorso (Franklin & Marshall); Ken Theibold (Rutgers) dec. Walsh.
Delveccio and Clagon were named co-Outstanding Wrestlers for the event, which, according to the promotional poster, can claim 14 NCAA champs, 45 NCAA All-Americans, and 103 NCAA qualifiers in its six-year history.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the Adam Frey Foundation, to provide comfort for those battling cancer. The event honors former Cornell University wrestler Adam Frey, who lost a nearly two-year battle with cancer in late December 2009.