The Greater Philadelphia Region serves as one of the nation’s most fervent fan bases for amateur wrestling. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that over 6,000 fans are expected to pack The Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania for the NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday, November
1. Partnering with Beat the Streets Philadelphia, a local non-profit group focused on utilizing the sport of wrestling to showcase educational opportunities for Philadelphia youths, and title sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, the NWCA All-Star Classic will showcase the rich tradition of amateur wrestling in the Greater Philadelphia Region with over half the competitors having regional ties.
The nation's elite collegiate wrestlers will converge in Philadelphia for the premiere NWCA All-Star Classic. This competition features 20 competitors from the top colleges nationwide, all returning NCAA All- Americans, including five 2014 NCAA Champions. This event officially begins the 2014-15 collegiate wrestling season as student-athletes from across the United States will gather in Philadelphia for this championship level one-day competition. Tickets are on sale now at PennAthletics.com.
“Based on the record success of the NCAA Wrestling Championships (at Wells Fargo Center) in 2011 we know Philadelphia comes out to support big-time collegiate wrestling events," said Roger Reina, Host Committee Chair of NWCA All-Star Classic. "This region of the country is a hotbed for amateur wrestling. Coming to The Palestra are the top student athletes in our sport, and we know this is going to be a spectacular showcase in a terrific sports city. It may be quite a few years until this event returns to Philadelphia, so we look to the public to come out and support the 2014 NWCA All-Star Classic."
The All-Star Classic will officially kickoff in the afternoon of November 1 with a youth clinic featuring Olympic and NCAA champions as clinicians.
Headlining the entrants will be Nebraska’s James Green. A Willingboro, N.J. native, Green is a former New Jersey state champion who has gone on to earn NCAA All-American honors in each of his first three collegiate seasons. Also returning to his home area will be Northwestern’s Michael McMullan. A native of Easton, Pa. who competed at Wyoming Seminary in high school, McMullan is a three-time NCAA All- American who has finished no lower than third at the national championships. The All-Star Classic will also serve as the first event in the final season of Logan Steiber’s storied career. The Ohio State grappler has won three consecutive NCAA championships, and has his sights set on becoming on the fourth wrestler to win four career national championships.