By Kacie Albert
Elite Level Sports Marketing
WASHINGTON D.C. – The 197-pound bout at the 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps will feature a pair of Pennsylvania All-Americans in Quentin Wright of Penn State wrestling against Matt Wilps of Pittsburgh.
Wright, a three-time All-American and the 2011 NCAA Wrestling champion, will be looking to become a four-time All-American as he moves up to 197 pounds for his senior season.
Wright enters his senior season with a career record of 84-23. Wright had an outstanding junior season going 30-4 on the year while finishing third in the Big Ten Championships and second in the NCAA Championships. Wright earned his third All-American status, and became the 20th three-time All-American in Penn State history.
In his sophomore season, Wright had an outstanding post-season run going from the 8th seed in the Big Ten tournament to capturing both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
As a freshman, wrestling at 174 pounds, Wright finished second at the Big Ten Championships and sixth at the NCAA Championships, earning his first All-American status.
As a redshirt sophomore, during the 2010-2011 season, Wright wrestled up at 184 pounds and won both the Big 10 Championships and NCAA Championships, earning two-time All-American honors.
Wright was third at the Big 10 Championships in 2012 as a redshirt junior, and finished second at the NCAA Championships after losing to Steve Bosak of Cornell 4-2.
Wright is currently 11th all-time in pins at Penn State and 15th in NCAA Tournament wins.
Wilps had a break out 2011-12 season winning his second EWL Championship and finishing 4th in the NCAA Championships to earn his first All-American honors.
Wilps completed his junior season with a 34-5 overall record. Wilps led his team in wins, dual wins, dual points, and longest win streak. Wilps further won Wrestler of the Week honors and was named MVP by his team
Wilps has a career record of 104-34 and is a three-time NCAA qualifier.
Wright and Wilps also both wrestled high school in the state of Pennsylvania at Bald Eagle Area and Chartiers Valley respectively.
American University in Washington D.C. To purchase tickets to the event visit American University’s website at http://aueagles.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=507577. For more information on the event, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA Facebook and Twitter pages.
The NWCA Classic serves as a premier event to help grow the sport of wrestling. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the sport in the Washington DC area.
2012 NWCA ALL-STAR CLASSIC
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, D.C.
NOVEMBER 3, 2012 – BENDER ARENA
125: #2 Nico Megaludis, So. Penn State vs. #3 Jesse Delgado, So. Illinois
141: #1 Kendric Maple, Jr. Oklahoma vs. #6 B.J. Futrell, Sr. Illinois
157: #3 Dylan Alton, So. Penn State vs. #4 Jason Welch, Sr. Northwestern
165: #1 (at 157) Kyle Dake, Sr. Cornell vs. #1 David Taylor, Jr. Penn State
174: #2 Jordan Blanton, Sr. Illinois vs. #4 (at 165) Josh Asper, Sr. Maryland
184: #3 Robert Hamlin, Sr. Lehigh vs. #4 Kevin Steinhaus, Jr. Minnesota
197: #2 Matt Wilps, Sr. Pittsburgh vs. #3 Quentin Wright, Sr. Penn State
285: #4 Mike McMullan, So. Northwestern vs. #5 Dom Bradley, Sr. Missouri
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