Gross wins at NWCA All-Star Classic

PRINCETON, N.J. – In a matchup between the top-two ranked wrestlers at 133 pounds in preseason polls, South Dakota State’s Seth Gross scored a 7-1 decision over Michigan’s Stevan Micic Sunday afternoon at the 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, the top-ranked Gross scored an early first-period takedown before giving up an escape to Micic later in the period. Gross then rode out the entire second period, picking up a point for stalling in the process. After recording an escape seconds into the third period, Gross again took down Micic for two points and picked up a final point in the exhibition match for a riding-time advantage that neared five minutes.

Gross became only the second Jackrabbit wrestler to compete in the prestigious preseason event, joining 157-pounder Cody Pack, who competed in the 2015 All-Star Classic in Atlanta.


  • Returning NCAA champions Darian Cruz (Lehigh) and Mark Hall (Penn State) both lost in the event. Cruz fell to returning All-American Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State while Hall fell to All-American Zahid Valencia in a rematch of a 2017 NCAA Division I semifinal at 174 pounds.
  • NC State had all three of its wrestlers win on Sunday. Rider, Campbellsville and Simon Fraser wrestlers each went 2-0.
  • U23 U.S. World Team members Dom Parrish (Simon Fraser), Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville) and Megan Black (McKendree) were all victorious on the women’s side.

125: Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State) DEC Darian Cruz (Lehigh) 8-5
133: Seth Gross (South Dakota State) DEC Stevan Micic (Michigan) 7-1
141: Kevin Jack (NC State) DEC Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) 8-7
149: Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) DEC Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) 4-3
157: B.J. Clagon (Rider) DEC Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) 10-4
165: Chad Walsh (Rider) DEC Jonathan Schleifer (Princeton) 4-3
174: Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) DEC Mark Hall (Penn State) 3-2
184: Pete Renda (NC State) DEC Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) 5-2
197: Michael Macchiavello (NC State) DEC Frank Mattiace (Penn) 3-2
285: Nick Nevills (Penn State) DEC Tanner Hall (Arizona State) 2-0

Showcase Bouts
165: Gordon Wolf (Lehigh) MAJ DEC May Bethea (Penn) 17-8
285: Youssif Hemida (Maryland) DEC Garrett Ryan (Columbia) 3-2

101: Marina Doi (King) FALL Hiba Salem (Menlo) Fall 1:51
109: Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville) TECH FALL Maria Vidales (Emmanuel) 14-3
116: Victoria Gutierrez (Emmanuel) TECH FALL Makayla Bourbon (U. of the Cumberlands) 12-0
123: Dom Parrish (Simon Fraser) TECH FALL Amber Pair (Eastern Oregon) 10-0
130: Megan Black (McKendree) DEC Shelby Hall (Campbellsville) 6-0
136: Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville) TECH FALL Solin Piearcy (Menlo) 10-0
143: Mallory Velte (Simon Fraser) TECH FALL Desiree Zavala (Grays Harbor) 10-0
155: Niauni Hill (Lindenwood-Belleville) DEC Kiera Gabaldon (Warner Pacific) 7-0
170: Brandy Lowe (McKendree) DEC Kacie Moorehouse (Grays Harbor) 7-0
191: Paige Baynes (Grays Harbor) TECH FALL Alyssa Cantu (Missouri Valley) 10-0

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