Manheim, Pennsylvania — With over 50 years of wrestling excellence under its belt, there's still two things the NWCA All-Star Classic had never done -- come to New Jersey and have a full set of women's All-Star bouts.
Those pieces of trivia will be tossed aside as the start of the college wrestling season will kick off on November 5 at 3 p.m. as historic Jadwin Gym at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey will stage the 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic hosted by Wrestlers in Business Network and sponsored by Princeton Brain and Spine and Northwestern Mutual Life.
"When you look at the historic athletic facilities, not just in New Jersey, but on the East Coast, Jadwin Gym ranks near the top," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "We've had tremendous EIWA Championships, NCAA Championships and New Jersey state wrestling championships held in Jadwin as well as some of the most notable Garden State dual meets. We're excited to finally get off the turnpike and do some wrestling in New Jersey."
Since moving to the beginning of the season, the All-Star Classic has served as the ribbon-cutting for the start of the collegiate wrestling season, showcasing dozens of All-Americans each year in a dual meet format. It's now time for big-time college wrestling events to #ComeBackToJadwin.
"What's unique about the All-Star Classic is where else, in one single dual, can you find upwards of 15-16 college All-Americans annually? You can't," said Moyer. "We have NCAA finals previews, but what we're most excited about is doing something else that's never been done before."
For the first time in the history of the event, the All-Star Classic will pair men's and women's wrestling duals known as "One Sport: HiStory and HerStory."
"With the push from groups like Wrestle Like A Girl, the NWCA, USA Wrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame to get the application process started to get women's wrestling listed as an NCAA emerging sport, we're going to capitalize on that effort and show everyone the value of what wrestling means for everyone, not just our boys and young men," said Moyer.
Women's wrestlers have been featured in showcase events in the past with Olympic champion Helen Maroulis and Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller previously taking part in the event prior to the 10 main event matches.
"We have so much planned for this stellar day of wrestling, all of which wouldn't be possible without the Wrestlers in Business Network and the Wrestlers in Business Network's Princeton chapter along with Princeton Brain and Spine and Northwestern Mutual Life," said Moyer. "They're the ones who really made this a reality."
Prior to the event, Princeton associate head coach Joe Dubuque will be joined by Olympic champions Brandon Slay, Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder as instructors for the Olympian Youth Clinic from 11-1 p.m.. There will also be a unique pre-event social featuring dozens of wrestling celebrities from the past and present.
"This truly has become not just a great wrestling event in terms of the competition, but a history-making one that fans of all ages can not just watch, but be included as well," said Moyer.
WHAT: 52nd NWCA All-Star Classic hosted by Wrestlers in Business Network
WHEN: Sunday, November 5, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
WHERE: Jadwin Gym, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
TICKETS: $20 (group discounts available)
SOCIAL MEDIA: #ComeBackToJadwin #allstarclassic2017 #wrestleback