TEMPE, Ariz. – Jordan Oliver and Jamal Parks helped Oklahoma State pick up a pair of victories, while Edinboro’s Chris Honeycutt registered the only pin of the night in front of more than 1,500 fans at the 46th annual NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marines Corp at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.
Maryland, Wyoming and American, who all also had two wrestlers in the classic, each registered a win and a loss.
Nic Bedelyon of Kent State won 7-3 over Oklahoma’s Jarrod Patterson in the 125-pound bout. It was scoreless after the first period and knotted at three apiece heading into the third before Bedelyon recorded a near fall and a bonus for riding time to get the win.
In the closest match of the night, Oliver of Oklahoma State won an 8-7 decision over Illinois’ B.J. Futrell in the 133-pound bout. Oliver led 3-0 after a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second, but Futrell collected three takedowns in the third period to tie it up. However, a late escape by Oliver gave him the win.
After the 141-pound match was scoreless through the first period, Cal Poly’s Boris Novachkov gained three points in the second period and added one at the buzzer to get a 4-0 decision over Zack Kemmerer of Penn.
In the 149-pound bout, Parks of Oklahoma State registered nine points in the first period, but Arizona State redshirt freshman Joel Smith, who took the mat in place of Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh, countered with three points in the second to help close the gap. Parks, however, tacked on seven points in the third period, including a pair of takedowns and two bonus points for riding time, to win the match, 17-4.
American’s Ganbayar Sanjaa got the early takedown, but Jason Welch of Northwestern countered with a pair of his own takedowns and an escape to win the 157-pound match, 8-5.
It was a rematch of last year’s all-star classic at 165 pounds, but the result was different. Maryland’s Josh Asper took a 6-4 decision over Wyoming’s Shane Onufer, who won at last year’s event. Asper had a 2-1 lead after the first period and stretched the margin to 5-1 after two periods. Onufer battled back in the final period and brought the deficit to two, but Asper was able to hold on for the win.
The 174-pound match was scratched due to injury.
In the 184-pound matchup, Ben Bennett of Central Michigan got an early takedown in the first period, but Wyoming’s Joe LeBlanc, trailing 3-1, used a reversal and a late takedown of his own in the third to win the match, 5-4.
Honeycutt pinned two-time defending national champion Byron Tate of Div. III Wartburg a mere 32 seconds into the first period to record the victory in the 197-pound match.
Ryan Flores of American jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first period and never relinquished his lead, using a late takedown and a bonus for riding time to win an 11-2 decision over Maryland’s Spencer Myers in the 285-pound division.
In the only exhibition match of the night, Arizona State’s Levi Cooper used a takedown in the third period to collect a 3-2 decision over Grand Canyon’s Jordan Johnson.
46th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic
Monday, Nov. 21 – Wells Fargo Arena
125 – Nic Bedelyon dec. Jarrod Patterson, 7-3
133 – Jordan Oliver dec. B.J. Futrell, 8-7
141 – Boris Novachkov dec. Zack Kemmerer, 4-0
149 – Jamal Parks major dec. Joel Smith, 17-4
157 - Jason Welch dec. Ganbayar Sanjaa, 8-5
165 - Josh Asper dec. Shane Onufer, 6-4
174- Scratched due to injury
184 – Joe LeBlanc dec. Ben Bennett, 5-4
197 - Chris Honeycutt pinned Byron Tate, :32
285 – Ryan Flores dec. Spencer Myers, 11-2
EXH- 285 – Levi Cooper dec. Jordan Johnson, 3-2