Venz, Dean will match up once again at this year’s NWCA All-Star Classic

by Andy Hamilton, TrackWrestling

Manheim, PA – Nebraska’s Taylor Venz and Cornell’s Max Dean established themselves last season as up-and-coming 184-pound stars when the freshmen earned All-America honors.

Their path to the podium in Cleveland included a head-to-head consolation battle. Venz scored a pair of first-period takedowns and maintained control of the bout on his way to an 11-6 victory.

But Dean will get a rematch on Nov. 2 in Denver when he takes on Venz in the 184-pound bout at the NWCA All-Star Classic. The event will be streamed live on

Venz compiled a 29-9 record last season. After suffering a second-round loss at the NCAA Championships, he reeled off five consecutive consolation victories on his way to a fourth-place finish.

Dean went 32-6 as a freshman. He gave two-time national champion Bo Nickal one of his toughest battles of the NCAA Championships. He pulled within a takedown in the final minute before Nickal pulled away for a 13-7 win.

Dean will try to duplicate his older brother’s All-Star success. Two-time NCAA champion Gabe Dean was the last Cornell wrestler to participate in the event. He won All-Star matches in 2015 and 2017.

Venz is Nebraska’s first All-Star representative in three years. James Green and Robert Kokesh each posted victories for the Huskers in the 2015 All-Star Classic.

This is the second announced pairing on the men’s card for the All-Star Classic. NCAA champion Seth Gross of South Dakota State is slated to take on North Carolina State All-American Tariq Wilson at 141 pounds.

What: 53rd NWCA All-Star Classic hosted by RMNevents, Nuway, and the University of Northern Colorado. Presented by, ARMS Software and Denver Chapter WIBN
When: Friday, November 2, doors open at 4 pm
Where:  National Wrestling Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216
Tickets: $20 (matside tables available) Click Here!
Social Media: #allstarclassic

141: Seth Gross (South Dakota State) Vs. Tariq Wilson (North Carolina State) – Release
141: Joey McKenna (Ohio State) Vs. Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) – Release
149: Mitch Finesilver (Duke)
174: Myles Amine (Michigan)
184: Max Dean (Cornell) Vs. Taylor Venz (Nebraska) – Release
285: Derek White (Oklahoma St.)

109: Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville)
123: Gabriela Ramos-Diaz (Wayland Baptist)
130: Erika Mihalca (Missouri Baptist)
143: Nicole Joseph (King)
170: Brittany Marshall (Wayland Baptist) Vs.  Mariah Harris (Campbellsville) – Release

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