By Jason Bryant
Manheim, Pennsylvania — Two-time All-American Nahshon Garrett of Cornell will make his second straight appearance 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.
Garrett, an NCAA Division I runner-up a year ago and California native, will take on Joey Dance of Virginia Tech at 125 pounds in the second matchup announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Dance, a native of Christiansburg, Virginia, finished a surprising fourth at the Division I championships in Oklahoma City last year. He entered the tournament as the No. 16 seed.
Garrett placed third as a true freshman in 2012-13 and went through the 2013-14 season with a 34-2 record, losing only to Illinois’ two-time NCAA champion Jesse Delgado. Garrett comes into this season with a sparkling career record of 77-7.
As a true freshman last season, Dance finished 29-10 and was a catalyst for Virginia Tech’s eighth-place finish in Oklahoma City, the highest in team history. Garrett and Dance met once last season, with Garrett taking a 7-2 decision in Columbus, Ohio at the NWCA Division I National Duals in February.
Historically, Cornell has participated in the All-Star Classic with 13 appearances, holding a 6-7 overall record. Garrett topped Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma in 2013 in overtime, while Kyle Dake won a much-talked-about tie-breaker win over Penn State’s David Taylor in 2012 at 165 pounds.
Dance’s appearance will mark the fourth time a Virginia Tech athlete has appeared in the event. Sean Gray appeared in 2001 and 2002, while Devin Carter participated at 141 pounds last year at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Dance will try to become the first Hokie to win a match at the event.
Outgoing NWCA President and Cornell head coach Rob Koll has participated in the event as a coach and an athlete. While wrestling for North Carolina, Koll won both his appearances at the All-Star Classic, beating current Duke head coach Glen Lanham in 1987 and current Santa Ana College head coach Vince Silva in 1998.
“The depth of 125 pounds last year was phenomenal,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Every single All-American last year at the weight was an underclassmen, which shows how college-ready our incoming freshmen are. We’re grateful coach Rob Koll and coach Kevin Dresser are supportive of the event and are making sure they can contribute to this fantastic showcase event by having Nahshon Garrett and Joey Dance compete in the event. We believe the fans in Philadelphia will get a real treat with two scrappy wrestlers getting after it at 125 pounds”
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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)
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. www.wrestlersinbusiness.org/chapters/philadelphia-pa
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.