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Five Selections for NWCA Classic Are the Most in League History
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference will have five wrestlers competing in this year’s 50th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic, which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga.
The five selections are the most in league history for the ACC in the prestigious wrestling event, bettering the previous high of four set in 1995.
The Classic will air live on ESPNU beginning at 5 p.m. Undercard events begin at 3:15 p.m., with the doors opened to the McCamish Center at 2:30 p.m.
The format of the Classic features two of the top invited wrestlers in the nation competing in each weight class.
Virginia Tech senior Nick Brascetta (St. Paris, Ohio), one of three Hokies invited to participate and a two-time All-American who finished fourth in the NCAA Championship, will face defending NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez of Illinois in the 157-pound match. Brascetta is ranked third nationally in the InterMat rankings, while Martinez is again No. 1 in the weight class.
At 165 pounds, North Carolina sophomore Ethan Ramos (Hawthorne, N.J.), who finished sixth at last year’s NCAAs, will be facing two-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State. Ramos is ranked third nationally by InterMat, while Dieringer is ranked No. 1
Virginia Tech sophomore Zach Epperly, (Christiansburg, Va.), who finished seventh at last year’s NCAA championships, will face Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State, who was fifth nationally at 174 pounds. Epperly is ranked fourth nationally at 174, while Crutchmer is ranked second.
Duke senior Conner Hartmann (Port Orchard, Wash.), who finished sixth in last year’s NCAA finals and is a two-time All-American, will wrestle at 197 pounds against Max Huntley of Michigan, who is ranked fifth nationally in the preseason InterMat national rankings. Hartmann, who is ranked third by InterMat, will be the first Duke wrestler chosen to participate in the prestigious NWCA event.
Finally, Virginia Tech junior heavyweight Ty Waltz (Cleveland, Ohio), who finished seventh in the 2015 NCAA championships, will face Michigan’s Adam Coon, who was runner-up to 2015 NCAA Champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State. Waltz is ranked fourth by InterMat, while Coon is ranked second nationally.
In all, the ACC returns eight of its 10 2015 All-American wrestlers this year, the most returning All-Americans in league history. The five competing in the NWCA All-Star Classic are joined by NC State two-time national champion Gwiazdowski, Virginia Tech’s Joey Dance, who earned All-American honors in 2014 at 125 pounds, and NC State sophomore All-American Kevin Jack at 141 pounds.