ESPNU to air 50th annual NWCA All-Star Classic live on November 1

Manheim, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the 50th annual NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the Wrestlers in Business Network will be aired live on ESPNU on November 1.

The main event is slated to begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 from the Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga., on the campus of Georgia Tech.

This will mark the first time in the history of the event it will be aired live on an ESPN Network.

ESPNU“ESPN has been a great asset to the wrestling community over the years,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Our Division I championships used to be aired on a same day tape-delay and now, with ESPN on board fully supporting the NCAA championships, fans can watch every single match of the event live on one of the ESPN platforms.”

“We’re delighted that the college wrestling season will start and finish on an ESPN network,” said Moyer. “One of the reasons we have the All-Star Classic start the college wrestling season is to continually grow our fanbase through television and mainstream media outlets.”

ESPNU’s content centers around college sports and is also available via the WatchESPN app.

“There’s no question ESPN and ESPNU continues to help further expose the sporting public in this country to college wrestling,” said NWCA President Mark Cody. “As an association, getting college wrestling’s kickoff event on ESPNU will only help benefit our sport and showcase our great student-athletes.”

The NWCA All-Star Classic is an annual showcase of the nation’s top college wrestling stars in a dual meet format that’s kicked off the college wrestling season since 2004. It was previously a post-season or late-season event.

The first NWCA All-Star Classic took place in 1967 in Stillwater, Oklahoma in what was then called the East-West All-Star Classic. The 2014 event in Philadelphia eventually saw 16 of the 23 Division I wrestlers earn All-American honors.

WHAT: 50th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the Wrestlers in Business Network Atlanta Chapter
WHEN: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5 p.m. Eastern
WHERE: Hank McCamish Pavilion, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga.
TICKETS: VIP/Social $125, Premium Floor $100, Premium $50, Reserved $25-$35; General Admission $10-$20; Student Rate $15
TV/LIVE STREAMING: ESPNU (Find ESPNU on your cable or satellite provider)

About the National Wrestling Coaches Association
The NWCA brings the wrestling coaching community together to advance the sport and ensure that current and future generations have the opportunity to engage in a safe and educationally based wrestling experience. This is primarily done by strengthening existing programs, creating new programs, and providing coaches with progressive educational opportunities.

The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually. ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 73 million households