By Kacie Albert – ELSM
WASHINGTON D.C. – With the All-Star Classic a little over a month away, the line-up got another boost today when the NWCA and George Mason announced the addition of two All-Americans, Devin Carter of Virginia Tech and Tony Ramos of Iowa, agreeing to an “out of weight class” match-up at 141 pounds.
After redshirting as a true freshman, Ramos entered the starting Hawkeye lineup during the 2010-2011 season wrestling at 133 pounds. During his first official season Ramos logged an overall record of 25-6, wrestling to an undefeated 12-0 dual and 8-0 Big Ten record.
In his first post season, Ramos finished third at the Big Ten Championships and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships.
As a redshirt sophomore, Ramos’ success continued to build. Ramos wrestled to a 33-4 record, with a near perfect record in both duals, 17-1, and Big Ten competition, 7-1.
During the regular season Ramos scored a team high 74 points in dual competition and logged the most dual wins, 17, and technical falls, 7, for all Iowa wrestlers. For his success during the regular season Ramos was twice named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week.
At the Big Ten Championships, Ramos once again earned an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships after finishing second. At the championships Ramos earned All-American honors after finishing third.
During the 2012-2013 season Ramos continued to experience mounting success at 133 pounds, winning 26 consecutive bouts at the start of the season.
Ramos completed the season with an overall record of 30-2, logging a perfect record in dual competition, 23-0, and in Big Ten competition, 8-0. He again led the Hawkeyes in most dual points scored, 114, and recorded a team high 14 pins.
In the post season Ramos finished second at the Big Ten Championships and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships, where he finished second and earned All-American honors for a second time.
Carter began his career as a Hokie competing officially as a true freshman at 133 pounds. During the 2010-2011 season Carter wrestled to a 35-7 overall record, 21-3 dual competition record and 5-0 ACC competition record. Carter was named ACC Wrestler of the Week after just his first weekend of competition.
During the regular season Carter recorded a team high pins, 11, and team points in dual matches, 98.
In the post season Carter earned his first ACC Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships. At the championships, Carter began the day with a nine seed and made the round of 12 before being eliminated. Carter was named ACC Co-Rookie of the year for his success.
As a sophomore Carter completed the season with a 36-5 overall record, 11-3 dual record and 5-0 ACC competition record. Like his freshman season, Carter again earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors after the first week of competition.
In the post season, Carter again claimed the ACC Championship at 133 pounds, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Carter bested his freshman year performance, finishing fifth and earning All-American honors.
The ACC named Carter ACC Wrestler of the Year for his success.
During the 2012-2013 season Carter redshirted. Competing unofficially, Carter wrestled at 141 pounds winning titles at the Hokie Open and Nittany Lion Open. Carter additionally competed internationally at 60kg in freestyle and captured gold and bronze medals at the Dave Schultz Memorial Invitation and the Cerro Pelado International.
The NWCA All-Star Classic will be the first official matchup between Ramos and Carter at 141 pounds. The rivalry currently stands at 2-1 in favor of Ramos.
The All-Star Classic will take place on November 2nd at 7:15pm on the campus of George Mason University. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the Ticketmaster website. For more information on the All-Star Classic, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA on Facebook and Twitter.
125: Nahshon Garrett, So. (Cornell) vs. Jarrod Patterson, Sr. (Oklahoma)
141: Tony Ramos, Sr. (Iowa) vs. Devin Carter, Jr. (Virginia Tech)
149: Logan Stieber, Jr. (Ohio State) vs. Kendric Maple, Sr. (Oklahoma)
197: Taylor Meeks, Jr. (Oregon State) vs. Scott Schiller, Jr. (Minnesota)
285: Mike McMullan, Jr. (Northwestern) vs. Tony Nelson, Sr. (Minnesota)
About the NWCA
Founded in 1928, the NWCA strives to promote and provide leadership for the advancement of amateur wrestling, primarily at the scholastic and collegiate levels. The association is headquartered in Manheim Pa. The three core competencies are coaching development, student-wrestler welfare, and promotion/advocacy. The NWCA has 10,000 members and educational programs that serve 230,000 students each year.
About George Mason University (GMU)
Was established in 1957 and obtained university status in 1972. George Mason University is located in Fairfax Virginia has 32,000 students. The GMU wrestling program has a rich tradition as evidenced by having advanced 41 different wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Championships, two wrestlers achieved All American status one time and one wrestler achieved All American status two times. The head coach is Joe Russell and he is in his 2nd year.
About Wrestlers in Business Network (WIBN)
The WIBN-Washington DC Chapter consists of prominent business leaders in the Washington DC metropolitan region. The organization was originally formed in September 2012 under the name of the Greater Washington Wrestlers in Business Network and more recently merged with the Wrestlers in Business Network (headquartered in Cleveland OH) to form a national Wrestlers in Business Network. The purpose of this organization is to support amateur wrestling activities in major cities across America.