Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pa. wrestlers shine at NWCA All-Star Classic

I'm guessing that most of you, like me, didn't get to see the NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday night. Sadly, it wasn't on TV and was only on flowrestling.com through subscription. It is scheduled to be broadcast by Fox College Sports at some point, but no one seems to know when (or exactly what Fox College Sports is).
It's a real shame, because not only was their some fantastic wrestling on display, but some Pennsylvania wrestlers took center stage.
Four of the 10 matches were won by wrestlers who went to high school in Pennsylvania: District 6 was represented by A.J. Schopp (Tyrone), who won at 133 pounds; Dylan Alton (Central Mountain), who won at 157; and Quentin Wright (Bald Eagle), who lost at 197. District 7 featured Nico Megaludis (Franklin Regional), who won at 125, and Matt Wilps (Chartiers Valley), who beat Wright at 197. Throw in Robert Hamlin, who is from Vermont but wrestles for Lehigh, and Keystone State wrestlers won half of the matches.
Oh, and there was some guy named David Taylor, who is from Ohio but wrestles for Penn State, who lost to some New Yorker named Kyle Dake in what was billed as the "match of the century." It sounds like it was a good one, as did the Wilps-Wright matchup.
Here's the Penn State release on the classic.

125--No. 2 Nico Megaludis (Penn State) dec. No. 3 Jesse Delgado (Illinois), 4-3
133--No. 6 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) dec. No. 4 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota), 2-1 
141--No. 1 Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) dec. No. 5 B.J. Futrell (Illinois), 6-2
149--No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) dec. No. 9 Nick Lester (Oklahoma), 6-3
157--No. 2 Dylan Alton (Penn State) dec. Jason Welch (Northwestern), 3-2
165--No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec. No. 2 David Taylor (Penn State), 2-1 TB
174--No. 4 Josh Asper (Maryland) dec. No. 2 Jordan Blanton (Illinois), 3-1 SV
184--No. 3 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) dec. No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), 5-3
197--No. 3 Matt Wilps (Pittsburgh) pinned No. 2 Quentin Wright (Penn State), 6:50
285--No. 2 Dom Bradley (Missouri) dec. No. 5 Mike McMullan (Northwestern), 3-2

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