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NWCA Plans Action Packed All-Star Classic Weekend to Kickoff College Wrestling Season

By Virginia Wrestling, 09/11/13, 2:30PM EDT


MANHEIM P.A. – With the All Star Classic less than two months away, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network (GWWBN) has announced three days of events featuring programming for attendees of all ages at George Mason University.

The wrestling centric weekend will begin on Friday, November 1 with the Middle School All Star match. The match will be at 7:00pm in the George Mason University Field House and admission will be $5 for fans.

Building on the Middle School match, there will be an All Star practice that will take place on Saturday, November 2 at 10:00am in the George Mason University Field House.  These middle school participants will be trained and treated just like the All Star Classic collegiate participants.

“Fans can look forward to some very competitive matches,” said GWWBN Board Member and Middle School Classic Coordinator Kurt McHenry. “In many cases, the matches are highly anticipated ‘showdowns’ between highly rated competitors from opposite sides of the country.  It should be a lot of fun and a great experience for all.”

Following the Middle School All Star Practice on Saturday, NUWAY will present the All Star Clinic. Registration for the event will take place between 11:00am-12:00pm, with the event lasting until from 12:00pm to 5:00pm in the George Mason University Field House.

The All Star Clinic is expected to draw 500 attendees, including NCAA champions, past All-Star Classic participants, coaches with wrestlers competing in the All Star Classic, Olympians and Beat the Street kids.

“The part that is so exciting is each clinician will only have time to teach their favorite technique,” said GWWBN Board Member and 2x NCAA Champion Wade Schalles. “That means there will be passion in everything the wrestlers hear and everything they see for 5 straight hours. That means a high retention rate for things learned, a definite factor in championship performances.”

While all Beat the Street kids will attend the event for free, remaining attendees will be required to purchase either a $30 clinic-only ticket or $40 clinic and All Star Classic combination pass.

The final event on Saturday, November 2 will be the GWWBN’s Pre-Meet Social. The event will be held at the George Mason University Patriot Center from 5:00-6:30pm.

The event will serve as a mixer for coaches, sponsors and professionals to unite the business and wrestling communities as one.

“The goal of the Social is to allow wrestling fans from all over the country, a chance to re-connect, make new friends, and potentially meet new business contacts,” said GWWBN Board Member and Social Coordinator Keith Burgess.  “Wrestlers and fans at any level will have an opportunity to mix & mingle with CEO’s from Fortune 500 companies to the legends of our beloved sport.”

To attend the social, individuals will be required to pay a $100 fee or can purchase a pass to the social and a VIP ticket to the All Star Classic for $150.

The final day of the weekend will feature the anticipated All Star Classic at 7:15pm on the George Mason University campus. Prior to the main event, at 6:45pm, undercard matches will be hosted showcasing two USAW Olympic-style matches and two college feature matches.

The match-ups for the undercard feature bouts include a George Mason University wrestler squaring off against a West Chester University wrestler and an American University Wrestler against a Ursiinus College wrestler.

The All-Star Classic, presented by the Marine Corps, 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.

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.

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