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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: #1 Sarah Savidge, Life (NAIA) vs #2 Alexis Janiak, Aurora (NCAA)
- 136: #1 Adaugo Nwachukwu, William Penn (NAIA) vs #1 Yele Aycock, North Central (NCAA)
- 160: #1 Marlynne Deede, Iowa (NCAA) vs #1 Latifah McBryde, Life (NAIA)
- 125: #1 Anthony Noto, Lock Haven vs #4 Matt Ramos, Purdue
- 133: #5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech vs Connor McGonagle, Lehigh
- 141: #3 Lachlan McNeil, North Carolina vs #10 Josh Koderhandt, Navy
- 149: #2 Shayne Van Ness, Penn State vs #3 Kyle Parco, Arizona State
- 157: #1 (DII) Nick Novak, St. Cloud State vs #2 (DIII) Nolan Hertel, UW-LaCrosse
- 165: #4 Dean Hamiti, Wisconsin vs #6 Izzak Olejnik, Oklahoma State
- 174: #1 Carter Starocci, Penn State vs #2 Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech
- 184: #1 Parker Keckeisen, Northern Iowa vs #2 Bernie Truax, Penn State
- 197: #1 Aaron Brooks, Penn State vs #2 Tanner Sloan, South Dakota State
- 285: #1 Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State vs #2 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force
We’ll keep the most recently finished bouts at the top of the page, so if you’re reading this after the dual and want to read in chronological order, scroll to the bottom of the article and read bottom to top.
125: #1 Anthony Noto, Lock Haven vs #4 Matt Ramos, Purdue
1st period: This was a #1 vs #2 matchup at the start of the season. Since then Noto has risen from #2 to #1 and Ramos has slide a couple of spots from #1 to #4.
160: #1 Marlynne Deede, Iowa (NCAA) vs #1 Latifah McBryde, Life (NAIA)
1st period: Deede is the only Hawkeye here at the All-Star Classic. Both her and McBryde are ranked #1 in their respective collegiate associates. McBryde has two sisters who are also currently rostered on the Life wrestling team. Fierce handfighting to start the period, headlock attempt by Deede, it doesn’t land, McBryde goes for a suplex, that doesn’t land. They’re in a scramble, McBryde gets an exposure but Deede answers back with a crotch lock and throws McBryde through for two more. It’s 2-2, with Deede leading via criteria. They wrestle toward the edge of the mat, they may have bonked heads or an eye poke on McBryde but she needs the trainer. She’s okay and they go back to wrestling, McBryde having picked up a step out. 3-2 is how the period ends in Latifah’s favor.
2nd period: McBryde taking ground, they’re at the edge of the mat, and Deede hip tosses McBryde to her back and that’ll be fore the Hawkeye to make it 6-3 with 90 seconds left in the match. Now an eye poke (accidental) on Deede and we pause the action. Back to the center. Deede defending, seizes an opportunity to get another downblock go-behind to ice it, and 8-3 is the margin of victory. Deede is the first Iowa women’s wrestler to win at the NWCA All-Star Classic!
160: Marlynne Deede (Iowa) VPO1 Latifah Mcbryde (Life), 8-3
136: #1 Adaugo Nwachukwu, William Penn (NAIA) vs #1 Yele Aycock, North Central (NCAA)
1st period: Nwackukwu is the favorite, as she’s gone toe-to-toe and even beaten some of the best senior level women around this weight in the country. Both Adaugo and Yele are ranked number one in their respective college associations. Nwachukwu strikes first with a double leg. Aycock stuffs the next attack by Nwachukwu keeps coming forward, throwing in an underhook and throwing Aycock down for another takedown. 4-0 halfway through the first. Aycock shoots in but is stopped. With 30 seconds left in the period Aycock shoots in again and headwheels Nwachukwu over for a takedown and she’s on the board. 4-2 Nwachukwu leads one period.
2nd period: Nwachukwu immediately goes back to work after the whistle. Double leg converts for Adaugo who transitions into a gut wrench that scores two more. It’s 8-2 early in the second period. Aycock pressuring in, Nwachukwu is backed up to the boundary, she tries to cartwheel over Aycock but Aycock hips her over to her back, just barely, for a four-point feet-to-back to make it 8-6 as they go out of bounds. Nwachukwu challenges but loses. 8-7 and Yele is right back in this bout. One point will give Aycock the lead via criteria. 90 seconds to go. Single leg by Aycock, a scramble, Nwachukwu snags a leg and manages to wrestle to a stalemate. Back to neutral. Under a minute. 30 seconds. Simultaneous shots, and Nwachukwu gets behind Aycock and a huge two points for Adaugo in short time. A step out with two seconds left and you can put it in the books. Great bout, 11-7 victory for Adaugo Nwachukwu!
136: Adaugo Nwachukwu (William Penn) VPO1 Yele Aycock (North Central), 11-7
130: #1 Sarah Savidge, Life (NAIA) vs #2 Alexis Janiak, Aurora (NCAA)
1st period: No wasting time in this match, single leg by Janiak, clean finish and it’s a two point lead. Janiak has a lace locked up. She takes Savidge over for two more. Plenty of space to work. Three more turns with the leg lace and it’s a 10-0 tech for Alexis Janiak of Illinois!
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130: Alexis Janiak (Aurora) VSU Sarah Savidge (Life), 10-0 0:31
116: #3 Sydney Petzinger, North Central (NCAA) vs #2 Samara Chavez, King (NCAA)
1st period: We start 2023’s edition of this historic event with the first of four women’s bouts. The women’s matches will be freestyle. Back and forth in the first minute, then Chavez loads up and fires a head lock hip toss and Perzinger goes down to the mat, back-first. Petzinger fights off her back and eventually gets a restart, 4-0 Chavez lead. Chavez goes back to the headlock but Petzginer stops the motion, pops her head out and then comes around behind to force a takedown. Chavez answers with a blast double takedown to make it 6-2. Another headlock is missed by Chavez and again Petzinger capitalizes with another takedown. Acton-packed first period comes to an end, 6-4 lead for Chavez.
2nd period: Petzinger going on the offensive in this period. Gets the tie she wants and goes for a back trip. Chavez adjust and rips another headlock, this one puts Petzinger on her back again. Chavez adjusts and squeezes and that’s all she wrote! Chavez by pinfall!
King’s Samara Chavez went big with a headlock, not once, but TWICE to kick off the NWCA All-Star Classic!
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116: Samara Chavez (King) VFA Sydney Petzinger (North Central), 8-4 3:50
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