ATLANTA — South Dakota State University wrestler Cody Pack has been selected to compete at this weekend’s 50th annual National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic.
Pack, who is the first Jackrabbit wrestler to be invited to the prestigious exhibition event, is slated to face Mitch Minotti of Lehigh (Pa.) in a 157-pound matchup. The classic is scheduled to be televised at 4 p.m. Central Time Sunday on ESPNU.
A senior originally from Quincy, California, Pack is a three-time NCAA qualifier who has compiled an 85-31 career record. He won back-to-back Western Wrestling Conference titles in 2014 and 2015, and finished one win away from earning All-America honors last season.
Minotti, a junior, is a two-time NCAA All-American, earning sixth place at 149 pounds in 2014 and eighth-place honors at 157 pounds last season.
Both wrestlers are ranked in the preseason top 10 of the 157-pound weight class by a pair of national websites and publications. Pack is ranked sixth by both Flowrestling.com and Amateur Wrestling News, while Minotti is fifth in the Amateur Wrestling News rankings and 10th by Flowrestling.com.
The event, which will consist of 10 matches and include experimental scoring rules, will be held at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta.
ANNOUNCED MATCHUPS (subject to change)
125: Zeke Moisey (West Virginia – NCAA runner-up) vs. Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State – NCAA Champion)
133: Mason Beckman (Lehigh (Pa.) – two-time All-American) vs. Rossi Bruno (Michigan – All-American)
141: Dean Heil (Oklahoma State – All-American) vs. Cody Brewer (Oklahoma – NCAA Champion)
149: Bryant Clagon (Rider (N.J.) – All-American) vs. Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion (Va.) – All-American)
157: Mitchell Minotti (Lehigh (Pa.) – two-time All-American) vs. Cody Pack (South Dakota State – three-time NCAA qualifier)
165: Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State – two-time NCAA Champion) vs. Ethan Ramos (North Carolina – All-American)
174: Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech – All-American) vs. Kyle Crutchmer (Oklahoma State – All-American)
184: Blake Stauffer (Arizona State – All-American) vs. Nate Brown (Lehigh (Pa.) – two-time All-American)
197: Conner Hartmann (Duke – two-time All-American) vs. Max Huntley (Michigan – All-American)
285: Adam Coon (Michigan – NCAA runner-up) vs. Ty Walz (Virginia Tech – All-American)