It will all take place at 7:00 PM ET in the historic Rec Hall on the Penn State campus and it will all be chronicled here, for you, the wise and knowledgeable college wrestling fan.
2023 NWCA All-Star Classic
2023 NWCA All-Star Classic Lineup
- 116: #3 Sydney Petzinger, North Central (NCAA) vs. #2 Samara Chavez, King (NCAA)
- 130: Sarah Savage No. 1, Life (NAIA) vs. Alexis Janiak, No. 2, Aurora (NCAA)
- 136: #1 Adogu Nwachukwu, William Penn (NAIA) vs. #1 Yele Aycock, North Central (NCAA)
- 160: #1 Marilyn Diddy, Iowa (NCAA) vs. #1 Latifah McBride, Life (NAIA)
- 125: #1 Anthony Noto, Lock Haven vs. #4 Matt Ramos, Purdue
- 133: #5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech vs. Connor McGonagle, Lehigh
- No. 141: Lachlan McNeil No. 3, North Carolina vs. Josh Kuderhandt No. 10, Navy
- 149: Shane Van Ness No. 2, Penn State vs. Kyle Barco No. 3, Arizona State
- 157: No. 1 (DII) Nick Novak, St. Cloud State vs. No. 2 (DIII) Nolan Hertl, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
- 165: #4 Dean Hamiti, Wisconsin vs. #6 Isaac Olejnik, Oklahoma State
- 174: #1 Carter Starocchi, Penn State vs. #2 Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech
- No. 184: No. 1 Parker Kickisen, Northern Iowa, vs. No. 2 Bernie Truex, Penn State.
- 197: No. 1 Aaron Brooks, Penn State vs. No. 2 Tanner Sloan, South Dakota State
- 285: #1 Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State vs. #2 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force
We’ll keep the most recent finished matches at the top of the page, so if you’re reading this after the double and want to read in chronological order, skip to the bottom of the article and read from the bottom to the top.
133: #5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech vs. Connor McGonagle, Lehigh
FIRST PERIOD: McGonagle is unseeded only because his teammate, freshman Ryan Crawham, has been on fire, beating out Vito Arugao, already No. 1 this season. McGonagle was ranked sixth to start the season. Latona hit a hard shot but McGonagle timed it well, blocked it and ran back to hit a big 3-pointer after about 100 seconds of wrestling. Latona throws McGonagle’s legs out and goes free for an escape point. Thus the half ended with the score 3-1 in favor of McGonagle.
Period 2: Latona wins the coin toss and chooses down. McGonagle throws up his legs and Latona kicks them out again and runs away. 3-2 with 90 seconds left in the period, McGonagle with 55 seconds to go. Latona stepped up the floor, fired some half shots, and McGonagle kept him at bay. The half ends with the score 3-2.
Third period: McGwangle picks him up and takes him down. Latona gets off to a neutral start and gives McGonagle another point. 4-2 But Latona was just a few yards away from taking the lead. Latona snipes the leg, works her way up and collects a takedown to make it 5-4. McGonagle quickly comes out to make things 5-5. 30 seconds to go. We have a match here! Can Latona maintain the momentum and finish it in regulation? No, we go over time.
Sudden Victory: 2 minutes, first score wins. Latona is more active but there are no shots or tackles committed after a minute. Latona fired a low shot, so he got a leg. McGonagle grabs a distant ankle, and they’re scrambling in no time. Latona grabs a knee. He might get hurt. The referee’s whistle blew, and there were no results. But Latona got rid of him. He will continue to wrestle. There are no results so we go to a tiebreaker.
Tiebreaker 1: McGonagle is down. He now stands for the switch. They’re scrambling. Latona lands on his leg and picks up a stall call. Restart with 12 seconds remaining. McGonagle grumpies, so hi steal, but McGoangle is in a position to reverse. He got it! You might get swipes too. No closer but 7-5 now McGonagle leads. Though, he challenges Latona, saying it wasn’t a reversal because Latona had a leg the whole time. The call stands though, so it’s still 7-5. Latona’s choice in the next tiebreaker.
Tiebreaker 2: Latona is still limping a little. He chose to be neutral. 30 seconds on the clock. Latona attacks, and McGonagall is stalled, his first warning. Latona dives but McGonagle stuffs him and chews up some clock. Latona can’t score in the last few seconds and McGonagle wins it! Kudos to Latona for losing the exhibition match when he had so much justifiable talent due to injury. And credit to McGonagle for getting that reversal in overtime to earn the dub. Great fit!
125: #1 Anthony Noto, Lock Haven vs. #4 Matt Ramos, Purdue
First Period: This was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game at the start of the season. Since then, Noto has risen from second to first, and Ramos has dropped two places from first to fourth. Ties and some half shots but no goals scored after a minute. Same deal another minute later. Solid hand-to-hand combat but not much in the way of combo attacks. More scrambling but no goals scored so the first period was 0-0.
Second period: Noto selects down to begin the second period. Noto went out in a hurry. Ramos fires a shot at Noto’s legs. He converts for three and it’s 3-1, now 3-2 as Noto escapes again. Quick reminder, takedowns are worth 3 points in college starting this year! Noto is now on fire, there is a stampede. 30 seconds left, and he’s still scrambling. Noto builds height but Ramos finds it wide to avoid danger and continue the flurry. There was no score as time ran out, so it was 3-2, with 31 seconds of riding time, in favor of Ramos.
Third period: Ramos chooses neutrality. Slow pace and tactical. There are no stall warnings for either wrestler. One minute to go. Down to 30, Noto could not find a way to break down Ramos’ defences. Shot by Noto, Ramos catches it with his head. Noto tries to jump and make something happen but Ramos was ready for it and hit Noto on the back. He would put together four close points in the final seconds and make it 10-2 after that five-point move. New single digit in 125?
160: #1 Marilyn Diddy, Iowa (NCAA) vs. #1 Latifah McBride, Life (NAIA)
First Period: Deede is the only Hawkeye here in the All-Star Classic. She and McBride were ranked No. 1 among their undergraduate peers. McBride has two sisters who are currently listed on the Life Wrestling team. Fierce fistfight to start the period, block attempt by Deede, didn’t land, McBride went for a suplex, which didn’t land. They’re in a scramble, McBryde gets exposed but Deede counters back with a crotch lock and throws McBryde through for another two. It’s 2-2, with Deede leading through the criteria. They wrestle towards the edge of the carpet. They may have their heads down or the eye punched on McBride but she needs a coach. She’s fine and they return to wrestling, after McBride takes a step out. 3-2 How the period ends in favor of Latifa.
2nd period: McBride takes control, they’re on the edge of the mat, Diddy’s hip tosses McBride into her back, and it’ll be for Hawk to make it 6-3 with 90 seconds left. Now make an (accidental) eye poke at Deede and we pause the action. Back to the center. Deede defends, takes the opportunity to get another bottom block to freeze him, and 8-3 is the margin of victory. Diddy is the first Iowa women’s wrestler to win the NWCA All-Star Classic!
Marilyn Diddy (Iowa) VPO1 Latifah McBride (Life), 8-3
136: #1 Adogu Nwachukwu, William Penn (NAIA) vs. #1 Yele Aycock, North Central (NCAA)
First period: Nwakoko is the favorite, having beaten some of the best women at this weight in the country. Both Adaugo and Yele are ranked No. 1 in their respective college associations. Nwachukwu strikes first with a double leg. Aycock stuffs the next attack by Nwachukwu and keeps going, throwing an underhook and throwing Aycock down for another takedown. 4-0 midway through the first half. Aycock shoots but is stopped. With 30 seconds left in the period, Aycock fired back and pushed Nwachukwu to the head for a takedown while she was on the board. 4-2 Nwachukwu leads by one game.
Second half: Nwachukwu returns to work immediately after the referee’s whistle. Double leg turns for Adaugo who turns into a wrench to score another two goals. The score was 8-2 at the start of the second half. Aycock presses in, Nwachukwu is backed to the boundary, she tries to wheel over Aycock but Aycock pushes her back, just barely, for four points from foot to back to make it 8-6 as they go out. From the border. Nwachukwu challenges but loses. 8-7 and Yele is right back in this match. One point would give Aycock the lead across the criteria. 90 seconds to go. Single leg kick by Aycock, a scramble, Nwachukwu clips the leg and manages to wrestle to a stalemate. Return to neutrality. less than a minute. 30 seconds. Simultaneous shots, Nwachukwu trails Aycock and two big points for Adogu in short order. Step outside two seconds early and you can put it in the books. Great match, Adogu Nwachukwu wins 11-7!
Adogu Nwachukwu (William Penn) VPO1 Yele Aykok (North Central), 11-7
130: Sarah Savage No. 1, Life (NAIA) vs. Alexis Janiak, No. 2, Aurora (NCAA)
The first half: No time was wasted in this match, back and forth for Janiak, a clean end and a two-point lead. Janiak has caged lace. She takes Savidge out for two more. Plenty of space to work. Three more turns with the leg strap and it’s a 10-0 technique for Illinois’ Alexis Janiak!
Aurora’s Alexis Janiak made quick work of Sarah Savage in their NWCA All-Star Classic showdown! pic.twitter.com/2arGOMpbLO
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Alexis Janiak (Aurora) VSU Sarah Savage (Live), 10-0 0:31
116: #3 Sydney Petzinger, North Central (NCAA) vs. #2 Samara Chavez, King (NCAA)
First Period: We begin the 2023 edition of this historic event with the first of four women’s matches. The women’s matches will be free. Back and forth for the first minute, then Chavez loads up and fires off a hip drop, taking Perzinger to the mat, back first. Petzinger fights her back and eventually gets the restart with a 4-0 lead for Chavez. Chavez goes back to the headlock but Petzgener stops the move, takes her head out, then comes from behind to force the takedown. Chavez answers with a double knockdown to make it 6-2. Chavez missed another pinfall and once again Petsinger capitalized with another takedown. A busy first period ended for Acton, with Chavez leading 6-4.
Second period: Petsinger leads the attack in this period. You get the tie you want and go on your return trip. Chavez sets up and rips off another headlock, and this puts Petsinger on her back again. Chavez adjusts and pressures and that’s all I wrote! Chavez by pinfall!
King’s Samara Chavez hit home runs not once, but twice to start the NWCA All-Star Classic!
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Samara Chavez (King) VFA Sidney Pitzinger (North Central) 8-4 3:50
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