By Jason Bryant
Manheim, Pennsylvania — The top two returning placewinners at 184 pounds from the 2013-14 season will meet at the NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps and the Wrestlers in Business Network hosted by Penn and WIBN-Philadelphia on November 1 at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
Cornell’s Gabe Dean and Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow finished third and fourth respectively at last year’s NCAA Division I Championships in Oklahoma City at 184 pounds. Dean beat Dechow 5-4 in the third-place bout. Both wrestlers reached the semifinals as freshmen.
“In a weight typically dominated by seniors, to have two highest returning placewinners coming back as just sophomores is amazing,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Not only are we starting the year off with a potential preview of the NCAA finals, we could see this for the next three years. I can’t wait.”
Dean was impressive all season long, finishing the season 40-3. During his stellar freshman campaign, he ended the 84-match win streak of eventual three-time NCAA champion Ed Ruth of Penn State in the finals of the Southern Scuffle. Ruth would exact some revenge, beating Dean 5-3 in the NCAA semifinals. Dean’s father Dave was a longtime assistant at Michigan State and was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and two-time Big Ten champion at Minnesota.
Of Dean’s 40 wins 12 were by fall, five by technical fall and four came via major decision. He was also an NWCA All-Freshmen Academic Team member.
Dechow was a bit of an unknown entering the latter part of the 2013-14 season after missing a good stretch of the Old Dominion schedule with a high ankle sprain. Dechow broke out late in the year, beating Northern Iowa All-American Ryan Loder twice en route to the MAC championship. In Oklahoma City, the 13th-seeded Dechow upended fourth-seeded Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh and then topped No. 12 Ophir Bernstein of Brown to reach the semifinals where he would eventually fall to Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock 3-2. He finished the season 21-6.
Cornell has been represented in the All-Star Classic 13 times, holding a 6-7 overall record. Dean and teammate Nahshon Garrett’s appearances will mark the 14th and 15th time Cornell wrestlers compete in the event. Dechow will be the first Monarch to compete in the event since James Nicholson competed in 2009 at 125 pounds. Nicholson wrestled in the event twice. Dechow will try to become the first Monarch to win at the All-Star Classic in ODU’s fourth overall apperance. Wayne Bright was the first Old Dominion wrestler to appear in the All-Star Classic, losing to Iowa State’s Dan Gable in 1970.
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Competing wrestlers will be eligible for the Outstanding Wrestler Award, presented by the Wrestlers in Business Network – Atlanta Chapter.
125: Nahshon Garrett, Jr. (Cornell) vs. Joey Dance, So. (Virginia Tech)
133: A.J. Schopp, Sr. (Edinboro) vs. Mason Beckman, Jr. (Lehigh)
184: Gabe Dean, So. (Cornell) vs. Jack Dechow, So. (Old Dominion)
To Be Announced
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. www.nwcaonline.com NWCA on Facebook | NWCA on Twitter
About the University of Pennsylvania
Established in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania is a private, Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia. Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and is one of the nine original Colonial Colleges. The school was founded by Ben Franklin. Penn is ranked among the top research universities in the world.
About Wrestlers in Business/Wrestlers in Business Philadelphia
The Group Wrestlers in Business is a non-profit organization that strives to unite the thousands of wrestlers that have retired from the sport and are now in their respective careers. It started as a networking group on LinkedIn. Since then, the group has evolved into a more prominent, member-focused organization that cares about supporting current & former wrestlers and the sport. Their mission is to establish a community of wrestlers who commonly share in the interest of helping each other in business and in life, while supporting and strengthening the sport that made us who we are today. www.wrestlersinbusiness.org
Wrestlers in Business Philadelphia is a newly formed group who will kick-off their Chapter events with a Social Event in September followed by All-Star Classic. A 14-member Board has been elected led by President Anthony Stagliano and he is joined by distinguished names in the wrestling and business community including four members who have long ties to the University of Pennsylvania; Roger Reina who is playing a prominent role in the promotion of the All-Star Classic, Gary Baker, Andy Matter and Chris Hanlon.
About the United States Marine Corps
On November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was established by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then, the Marine Corps, through service on land, in air, and at sea, have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue. Whether facing our nation’s foes or conducting humanitarian relief and disaster recovery operations at home or abroad, today’s Marine Corps stands ready to continue in the same proud tradition of faithful service to the United States. For more information, visit www.Marines.com.
About Rothman Institute
Rothman Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Institute orthopaedists treat patients at 20 locations in the Philadelphia-region, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, NJ and Limerick, PA. With experts in orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, the Rothman Institute is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology. Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” the Rothman Institute is proud to be official team physicians for several professional, college and high school teams. For more information about the Rothman Institute please call 1-800-321-9999 or visit www.RothmanInstitute.com.