North America on display as Parrish meets Rivera; All-Americans Renda and Foster meet at 184 at NWCA All-Star Classic
Manheim, Pennsylvania –Simon Fraser University’s entry into the NCAA in 2011 made it the first school outside of the U.S. to be part of the organization. Campbellsville University’s international recruitment has been unique in women’s wrestling circles. Those two factions will combine to create a unique matchup at the 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic set for Princeton University’s Jadwin Gym on Sunday, November 5.
The NWCA All-Star Classic is hosted by Wrestlers in Business Network and sponsored by Princeton Brain and Spine and Northwestern Mutual Life.
Simon Fraser, located in Burnaby, British Columbia, will send out California native Dominque “Dom” Parrish for one of the most anticipated women’s bouts of the evening. Parrish will face Puerto Rico native Andribeth Rivera of Campbellsville at 123 pounds, the second Tiger wrestler announced to participate in the event.
Rivera topped Parrish in a wild 10-10 criteria decision in the 2017 WCWA national championship finals at 123 pounds. Rivera was a three-time age-group medalist at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota from 2004-2016. Parrish also had age-group success, placing twice in Fargo and winning the 2014 Junior women’s freestyle championship.
Rivera finished 14th at the 2017 UWW Junior World Championships this past August and has won bronze medals at both the junior and senior level at the Pan American Championships.
Parrish went north of the border after finishing her high school career at Scotts Valley High School, just north of Santa Cruz. Parrish was third at the WCWA championships as a freshman and is a two-time All-American. She recently won the UWW U23 World Team Trials in Rochester, Minnesota and will represent the United States in Poland at the U23 World Championships in late February.
On the men’s side, a couple of low seeds who broke through with solid NCAA performances will get the nod at 184 pounds.
NC State’s Pete Renda, fresh off a redshirt season, will give the Wolfpack a wrestler in the event for the fourth consecutive year. Max Roshkopf won back-to-back appearances in 2016 and 2017, while Nick Gwiazdowski participated in 2015 in Philadelphia.
A native or Topton, Pennsylvania, Renda went 26-8 as a junior after moving up from 174 pounds. Entering as the No. 13 seed, he finished third in 2016. In 2016-17, he redshirted, going 13-2 in open competition, but one of those wins was over 2016 NCAA Division I champion Myles Martin of Ohio State. Renda is a three-time NCAA qualifier.
Drew Foster started his career at Northern Iowa at 157 pounds, but a not-so-graduate shift in weight classes proved to benefit the Burlington, Iowa native. Placing seventh in a loaded weight class as the No. 12 seed at the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships, Foster went from 15-18 in 2015-16 to 26-6 in 2016-17. It was one of the most notable improvements in all of college wrestling.
Foster’s participation will mark the 15th appearance by a Northern Iowa wrestler in the event and will end a 13-year drought. The last UNI wrestler to compete was in 2004 when Sean Stender fell to eventual Dan Hodge Trophy winner Emmett Willson of Montana State-Northern in the event hosted at the University of Delaware. UNI is 3-10-1 all-time in the event.
Renda will make NC State’s 12th appearance. Overall, Wolfpack wrestlers are 5-6 overall. Renda and Foster have not met in in-season college competition, but the two schools have met one previous time in the event — a 3-0 win by NC State’s Tab Thacker over John Kriebs in 1984 at what was then the unlimited weight class.
WHAT: 52nd NWCA All-Star Classic hosted by Wrestlers in Business Network
WHEN: Sunday, November 5, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Jadwin Gym, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
TICKETS: $20 (group discounts available)
SOCIAL MEDIA: #ComeBackToJadwin #allstarclassic2017 #wrestleback
125: Darian Cruz, Sr. (Lehigh) vs. Nick Piccininni, So. (Oklahoma State)
133: Seth Gross, Jr. (South Dakota State) vs. Stevan Micic, So. (Michigan)
174: Mark Hall, So. (Penn State) vs. Zahid Valencia, So. (Arizona State)
184: Pete Renda, Sr. (NC State) vs. Drew Foster, Jr. (Northern Iowa)
197: Kollin Moore, So. (Ohio State) vs. Jared Haught, Sr. (Virginia Tech)
116: Fayth Woodward (Emmanuel) vs. Makayla Bourbon, Sr. (U. of the Cumberlands)
123: Dom Parrish, Jr. (Simon Fraser) vs. Andribeth Rivera, So. (Campbellsville)
130: Megan Black, Sr. (McKendree) vs. Shelby Hall, Sr. (Campbellsville)
143: Mallory Velte, Sr. (Simon Fraser) vs. Desiree Zavala, So. (Grays Harbor)
170: Jessika Rottier, Jr. (U. of the Cumberlands) vs. Brandy Lowe, Sr. (McKendree)
Note: Women’s college wrestling competes under international freestyle rules.