NWCA plans action-packed All-Star Classic weekend in November to
kick-off college wrestling season
Patriot Center to host the All-Star Classic on November 2
With the All-Star Classic less than two months away, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network (GWWBN) has announced two days of events featuring programming for attendees of all ages at George Mason University (GMU). The events will include a Middle School All-Star match and practice, and an All-Star Clinic at the GMU Field House, and a pre-meet social and the All-Star Classic event at the Patriot Center. The All-Star Classic at the Patriot Center will take place on November 2 at 6:45 p.m.
The wrestling centric weekend will begin on Friday, Nov. 1 with the Middle School All-Star match. The match will be at 7 p.m. at the GMU Field House and admission will be $5 for fans.
Building on the Middle School match, there will be an All-Star practice that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. in the GMU Field House. These middle school participants will be trained and treated just like the All-Star Classic collegiate participants.
â€œFans can look forward to some very competitive matches,â€ said GWWBN Board member and Middle School Classic coordinator Kurt McHenry. â€œIn many cases, the matches are highly anticipated â€˜showdownsâ€™ between highly rated competitors from opposite sides of the country. It should be a lot of fun and a great experience for all.â€
Following the Middle School All-Star practice on Saturday, NUWAY will present the All-Star Clinic. Registration for the event will take place between 11 a.m. â€“ Noon, with the event lasting until 5 p.m. in the GMU Field House.
The All-Star Clinic is expected to draw 500 attendees, including NCAA champions, past All-Star Classic participants, coaches with wrestlers competing in the All-Star Classic, Olympians and Beat the Street kids.
â€œThe part that is so exciting is each clinician will only have time to teach their favorite technique,â€ said GWWBN Board member and two-time NCAA Champion Wade Schalles. â€œThat means there will be passion in everything the wrestlers hear and everything they see for five straight hours. That means a high retention rate for things learned, a definite factor in championship performances.â€
While all Beat the Street kids will attend the event for free, remaining attendees will be required to purchase either a $30 clinic-only ticket or a $40 clinic and All-Star Classic combination pass.
The final events on Saturday, Nov. 2 will be the GWWBNâ€™s pre-meet Social and the All-Star Classic at the Patriot Center.
The pre-meet Social will take place from 5 p.m. â€“ 6:30pm. The event will serve as a mixer for coaches, sponsors and professionals to unite the business and wrestling communities as one.
â€œThe goal of the Social is to allow wrestling fans from all over the country, a chance to re-connect, make new friends, and potentially meet new business contacts,â€ said GWWBN Board member and Social coordinator Keith Burgess. â€œWrestlers and fans at any level will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with CEOâ€™s from Fortune 500 companies to the legends of our beloved sport.â€
To attend the Social, individuals will be required to pay a $100 fee or can purchase a pass to the Social and a VIP ticket to the All-Star Classic for $150.
The All-Star Classicâ€™s main event will begin at 7:15 p.m. Starting at 6:45 p.m., prior to the main event, undercard matches will be hosted showcasing two USAW Olympic-style matches and two college feature matches.
The match-ups for the undercard feature bouts include a George Mason University wrestler squaring off against a West Chester University wrestler and an American University Wrestler against an Ursiinus College wrestler.
For more information about the event visit the NWCA All-Star Classic page.
About the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with a primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare and promotion of wrestling.
About Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network
GWWBN is a non-profit networking group that has been organized with the objective of mobilizing the wrestling community for business, social and personal purposes. Their goal is to have our members to network and prosper together while we position ourselves as an advocate for wrestling at all levels within the Greater Washington region.
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