Manheim, Pennsylvania — A pair of the most imposing wrestlers at 197 pounds will square off as the second weight classes were released for the 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic set for Princeton University's Jadwin Gym on Sunday, November 5.
A pair of athletes looking for breakthrough seasons will be highlighted in the women's bout at 116 pounds.
The NWCA All-Star Classic is hosted by Wrestlers in Business Network and sponsored by Princeton Brain and Spine and Northwestern Mutual Life.
On the men's side, Ohio State's Kollin Moore burst on to the college wrestling scene in a big way last season, finishing third as a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes. The Big Ten champion and Big Ten Freshman of the Year went 33-4. The summer was also good to Moore as he competed on his second U.S. Junior World Team. He came away from Tampere, Finland with a bronze medal at 96kg/211 pounds.
Moore was an Ohio high school state champion as a senior, the first for Norwayne High School.
Virginia Tech's Jared Haught, a Parkersburg, West Virginia, native will stand across the mat from Moore at 197. The two-time All-American is looking to exact a little revenge on his Buckeye opponent. It was Moore who defeated Haught by fall in the third-place match at the 2017 NCAA Division I wrestling championships in St. Louis.
It was the only time the pair have met in college competition.
Team-wise, Ohio State is 11-11 all-time in the match with the last victory coming in 2016 when Nathan Tomasello defeated West Virginia's Zeke Moisey 7-1. Virginia Tech is 2-6 with the only two wins also coming in 2016 by Zach Epperly and Ty Walz.
On the women's side, Emmanuel College's Fayth Woodward is coming off an All-American finish at the 2017 WCWA Championships last season in Oklahoma City. The first wrestler from Emmanuel's fledgling program to compete in the event, Woodward is also recently competed in the USA Wrestling U23 World Team Trials in Rochester, Minnesota where she finished with a 2-2 record.
Woodward transferred to Emmanuel after starting her career at Southwestern Oregon Community College, where she competed at the 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association's women's championships.
Makayla Bourbon went 17-11 last season as a junior for the University of the Cumberlands and is looking for her first All-American finish at the WCWA championships. A native of Santa Maria, California, Bourbon prepped at Pioneer Valley High School.
Bourbon won the NAIA Invitational championship in 2017 and will join teammate Jessika Rottier as two Patriot wrestlers set to compete at Jadwin.
WHAT: 52nd NWCA All-Star Classic hosted by Wrestlers in Business Network
WHEN: Sunday, November 5, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Jadwin Gym, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
TICKETS: $20 (group discounts available)
SOCIAL MEDIA: #ComeBackToJadwin #allstarclassic2017 #wrestleback
125: Darian Cruz, Sr. (Lehigh) vs. Nick Piccininni, So. (Oklahoma State)
174: Mark Hall, So. (Penn State) vs. Zahid Valencia, So. (Arizona State)
197: Kollin Moore, So. (Ohio State) vs. Jared Haught, Sr. (Virginia Tech)
116: Fayth Woodward (Emmanuel) vs. Makayla Bourbon (U. of the Cumberlands)
143: Mallory Velte, Sr. (Simon Fraser) vs. Desiree Zavala, So. (Grays Harbor)
170: Jessika Rottier, Jr. (U. of the Cumberlands) vs. Brandy Lowe, Sr. (McKendree)
Note: Women's college wrestling competes under international freestyle rules.