Cornell’s Dean Hammers Ohio State’s Martin in Featured Bout Between Returning Champions at 51st NWCA All-Star Classic

Cleveland, Ohio — The wrestling mat at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center presented a unique look. Sublimated to appear like a medieval pit fight, the mat hosted 20 of the nation’s top Division I college wrestlers as they opened up their seasons by doing battle in a sport that dates back to ancient times.

What fans saw on Saturday night at the Wolstein Center at the 51st annual NWCA All-Star Classic presented by The Brewer-Garrett Company and hosted by the Wrestlers in Business Network was battle befitting the sport of modern-day warriors.

The only battle the night’s highlight bout, though, would see would be an uphill one for Ohio State’s Myles Martin. Two-time NCAA champion Gabe Dean of Cornell squashed any questions about who the favorite is at 184 pounds as he blew through 2016 174-pound champion Martin, earning a 13-4 major decision.

Dean built a 5-0 lead heading into the third period before tacking on three takedowns for the final margin of victory. Dean had Martin in trouble early in the bout, locking up a cradle for his first takedown. Martin’s defense was solid enough to break free of the pinning hold without giving up any nearfall points.

“The focus wasn’t there (on the ranking),” said Dean. “It was more hands and feet and scoring points. That was the focus. Solid, but it could be better.”

In the third, Dean scored almost at will.

In a battle of two of the nation’s top big men, Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery returned to collegiate wrestling after an Olympic redshirt and toppled second-ranked Ty Walz of Virginia Tech. Medbery, who spent part of his summer as a training partner for U.S. Olympian Tervel Dlagnev, was able to counter effectively and knock off Walz 5-2, who was wrestling in his second All-Star Classic and in front of his hometown. Medbery’s two second-period takedowns was all he would need.

A wild bout at 141 pounds saw a pair of All-Americans need extra time to determine who would take the victory. Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault, the first Scarlet Knight to wrestle in the event, scored a takedown of a sweep single with 12 seconds left in the extra period to defeat Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith 8-6.

Meredith built a 4-1 lead with two first-period takedowns, but Ashnault closed the gap with a reversal late in the first period and a second-period takedown. Ashnault tied the match in the third with an escape as the two fought off quick attacks and counters.

Campbell’s Nathan Kraisser made school history becoming the first Camel wrestler to win a bout in the NWCA All-Star Classic. Kraisser, a senior who’s dropping back down to 125 pounds, used a strong third-period ride to topple Missouri’s sixth-ranked Barlow McGhee 3-2. With the score knotted 2-2, Kraisser rode out McGhee the entire period to gain a match-winning riding time point.

Kraisser is also the first Southern Conference wrestler to win a bout in the All-Star Classic since Chattanooga’s Charlie Heard beat Oklahoma State’s Mark Perry 18-8 at 118 pounds in 1984.

Third-ranked Zane Richards of Illinois scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds to upend Nebraska’s Eric Montoya 9-7 at 133 pounds. Richards took a 3-2 series lead over Montoya as the pair have split their previous four meetings.

In another matchup between wrestlers with a back-and-forth history, Oklahoma State’s Anthony Collica scored a tie-breaking takedown with 45 seconds left in the third period to oust third-ranked Lavion Mayes of Missouri 7-5 at 149 pounds. The win gives Collica a 4-3 lead in their all-time college series.

NC State’s Max Rohskopf rallied in front of his home state’s fan to pin Michigan’s Brian Murphy at 5:44 at 157 pounds. Murphy, an All-American in 2015, built a 6-3 lead heading into the third period, but Rohskopf, wrestling down a weight at 157 pounds this season, countered a takedown attempt and funked into a position to catch Murphy on his back and register the fall. It was Rohskopf’s second victory in a row the All-Star Classic. He defeated Oklahoma’s Clark Glass 9-2 last season in Atlanta.

Returning finalist Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin rallied to defeat Missouri’s Daniel Lewis 5-3 at 165 pounds. Lewis jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a late first-period takedown and a second-period escape. Jordan cut the lead to 3-2 with a takedown late in the second and after choosing neutral in the third, scored the decisive takedown in the third and added a riding time point for the final margin of victory.

Illinois’ Zac Brunson upended ninth-ranked Ethan Ramos of North Carolina 5-4 at 174 pounds. Brunson jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead on the strength of a takedown and two nearfall points. Ramos closed the gap with a pair of escapes and a second-period takedown to enter the third period tied at four. Brunson’s match winning point came on an escape with 31 seconds left in the bout.

Minnesota’s Brett Pfarr won an entertaining 7-4 match over Princeton’s Brett Harner at 197 pounds. With the score tied 4-4 late in the third, Harner got in deep on a single leg takedown attempt only to see Pfarr counter and gain the decisive takedown with eight seconds left to earn the victory. Pfarr did also earn 1:01 of riding time, giving him the final point of the bout.

51st NWCA All-Star Classic
Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University

Main Event Bouts
125: #19 Nathan Kraisser, Sr. (Campbell) DEC #6 Barlow McGhee, Jr. (Missouri) 3-2.
133: #3 Zane Richards, Sr. (Illinois) DEC #4 Eric Montoya, Sr. (Nebraska) 9-7
141: #4 Anthony Ashnault, Jr. (Rutgers) DEC #2 Bryce Meredith, Jr. (Wyoming) 8-6, SV
149: #4 Anthony Collica, Sr. (Oklahoma State) DEC #3 Lavion Mayes, Sr. (Missouri) 7-5
157: #8 Max Rohskopf, Sr. (NC State) FALL #4 Brian Murphy, Sr. (Michigan) 5:44
165: #2 Isaac Jordan, Sr. (Wisconsin) DEC #3 Daniel Lewis, So. (Missouri) 5-3
174: #14 Zac Brunson, Sr. (Illinois) DEC #9 Ethan Ramos, Jr. (North Carolina) 5-4
184: #1 Gabe Dean, Sr. (Cornell) MD #2 Myles Martin, So. (Ohio State) 13-4
197: #2 Brett Pfarr, Sr. (Minnesota) DEC #4 Brett Harner, Sr. (Princeton) 7-4
285: #3 Connor Medbery, Sr. (Wisconsin) DEC #2 Ty Walz, Sr. (Virginia Tech) 5-2

Showcase Bouts

133: Mitch Pawlak (Indiana Tech) MD Mitch Tikkanen (John Carroll) 8-0.
141: Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven) DEC Evan Cheek (Cleveland State) 8-2
141: George DiCamillo (Virginia) DEC Brock Zacherl (Clarion) 4-3
149: Cobey Fehr (Notre Dame College) DEC Isaac Collier (Case Western Reserve) 12-5
157: Richie Lewis (Rutgers) DEC Joey LaVallee (Missouri) 2-0
197: Garrett Lineberger (Notre Dame College) TF Mason Litz (John Carroll) 17-0
197: Evan Rosborough (Lake Erie) DEC Tyler Maclellan (Baldwin Wallace) 11-4
Women: Haley Augello (King) DEC Becka Leathers (Oklahoma City) 7-4
HS 113: Matt Kazimir (St. Edward) DEC Matt Fields (Walsh Jesuit) 2-0.
MS 70: Patrick Reineke (Wickliffe M.S.) DEC Wyatt Richter (Brecksville M.S.) 6-4, SV

About the National Wrestling Coaches Association
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 the promotion of wrestling.

About Wrestlers in Business Network (WIBN)
Wrestlers in Business Network is a registered 501 C-3  that strives to unite the thousands of wrestlers that have graduated from the sport and are now in their respective careers. Our mission is to build a community that serves as a platform to connect our members and facilitate business and job opportunities across the nation by leveraging a talent rich pipeline of wrestling alumni, with the ultimate byproduct of increasing reinvestment back to the sport.

by Jason Bryant | Nov 05, 2016

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