Fourteen different college programs were highlighted in showcase bouts at the 51st annual National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic on November 5 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.
Along with the 14 different schools, Olympian Haley Augello faced Junior World Team member Becka Leathers in a women’s freestyle bout and a pair of bouts also took place featuring local high school and middle school wrestlers.
The event, presented by The Brewer-Garrett Company and hosted by the Wrestlers in Business Network, has served as the major kick-off event for the wrestling season since becoming and early-season event. In 2012, the event moved to the first weekend of the major college wrestling calendar and has been a fixture ever since.
“One of the big draws to hosting the event is the ability to showcase the nation’s top wrestlers, but to also showcase local athletes, programs and competitors who come from a given area but may compete out of state,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer.