USA Wrestling All-Star Dual Lineups announced

The lineup has been finalized for the USA Wrestling National Team All-Star Dual Meet that will be held as part of the festivities at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

The event is set for Thursday, March 17, between the first and second sessions of the NCAA Championships, on the competition mats in the Wells Fargo Center. It is free of charge and NCAA fans will not have to leave their seats to enjoy the action.

There are seven matches as part of the All-Star Dual Meet. It opens with an exhibition bout between two of the United States top freestyle wrestlers, followed by a six-match USA vs. The World Dual Meet.

There is a strong U.S. college connection among the participants. All nine U.S. wrestlers were highly successful college wrestlers, and four of the international competitors also were talented wrestlers in U.S. college programs.

The opening freestyle exhibition match at 55 kg/121 lbs. will feature Americans Troy Nickerson and Nick Simmons. Nickerson was a 2009 NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Cornell. Simmons was a four-time All-American for Michigan State. This is Nickerson’s first match since his college career ended in March 2010.

The first match in the USA vs. The World Dual Meet will be in Greco-Roman, and will feature 2005 World bronze medalist Justin Ruiz of the United States against 2006 World champion Mohammed Abdel Fatah of Egypt. Ruiz was a two-time All-American for Nebraska.

The first freestyle match will be at 60 kg/132 lbs., featuring Derek Moore of the United States against Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico. Moore now competes for the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Gomez competed in the 2010 World Championships for Puerto Rico. Moore was the 2007 NCAA champion for UC Davis. Gomez was a 2009 NCAA champion and three-time All-American for Michigan State.

The 74 kg/163 lbs. freestyle bout will feature Ryan Morningstar of the United States against Muzafar Abdurakhmanov of Uzbekistan. Morningstar was a two-time All-American for Iowa and Abdurakhmanov was an All-American for American in 2006.

Next is a freestyle bout at 84 kg/185 lbs., featuring Keith Gavin of the United States against Jaime Y. Espinal of Puerto Rico. Gavin was a 2008 University World bronze medalist. Espinal was a 2010 Pan American silver medalist. Gavin was a 2008 NCAA champion and two-time All-American for Pittsburgh.

The match at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. will showcase J.D. Bergman of the United States against Israel Silva of Mexico. Bergman competed in the 2010 World Championships, and Silva competed in the 2009 World Championships. Bergman was a three-time All-American for Ohio State, while Silva was an NCAA qualifier for UT-Chattanooga.

The final featured bout will be at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., with Brent Metcalf of the United States facing Heinrich Barnes of South Africa. Barnes placed seventh in the 2010 World Championships and has competed in three Senior World Championships. Metcalf was a member of the 2010 U.S. World Team. Metcalf was a two-time NCAA champion and three-time NCAA finalist for Iowa. Barnes was an All-American for Oregon State in 2009.

“Any time we can get international competition in preparation for the upcoming World Championships, it is great for our program,” said USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones. “This is our training phase, and it’s good to have international matches here on U.S. soil. What greater place is there to showcase our future World and Olympic champions than at the NCAA Championships? This may be the only place where we can showcase international wrestling and American folkstyle at the highest level side-by-side.”

This is the second straight year that a USA Wrestling exhibition will be provided free of charge to wrestling fans who are attending the championships. At the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb., USA Wrestling hosted a Big Ten vs. Big 12 Challenge.

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At Philadelphia, Pa., March 17

U.S. Freestyle Exhibition

Freestyle 55 kg/121 lbs. – Troy Nickerson (USA) vs. Nick Simmons (USA)

USA vs. the World Dual Meet

Greco-Roman 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Justin Ruiz (USA) vs. Mohammed Abdel Fatah (Egypt)

Freestyle 60 kg/132 lbs. – Derek Moore (USA) vs. Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)

Freestyle 74 kg/163 lbs. – Ryan Morningstar (USA) vs. Muzafar Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan)

Freestyle 84 kg/185 lbs. – Keith Gavin (USA) vs. Jaime Y. Espinal (Puerto Rico)

Freestyle 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – J.D. Bergman (USA) vs. Israel Silva (Mexico)

Freestyle 66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Brent Metcalf (USA) vs. Heinrich Barnes (South Africa)

NCAA announces at-large selections for Division I Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced the 50 at-large selections for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
The wrestlers listed in alphabetical order by weight class join the 280 student-athletes that qualified automatically through the conference and regional qualifying tournaments over the past two weekends. It should be noted that there were originally 282 allocations provided to the qualifying tournaments on February 23, however, two allocations reverted back to the at-large pool. The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria without priority order: head-to-head competition, qualifying event placement, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and number of matches contested at that weight class.

Weight Name Institution Qualifying Tournament
125 Tyler Iwamura Cal State Bakersfield Pac-10
125 Joseph Langel Rutgers EIWA
125 Jonathon Morrison Oklahoma State Big 12
125 Brad Pataky Penn State Big 10
125 Trent Sprenkle North Dakota State West Regional
141 Christopher Diaz Virginia Tech ACC
141 Christopher Drouin Iowa State Big 12
141 Michael Mangrum Oregon State Pac-10
141 Trevor Melde Rutgers EIWA
141 Vicente Varela Hofstra Colonial
149 Kyle Bradley Missouri Big 12
149 Donnie Corby Central Michigan MAC
149 Torsten Gillespie Edinboro EWL
149 Matt Lester Oklahoma Big 12
149 Joey Metzler Old Dominion Colonial
149 Brian Stephens Virginia Tech ACC
157 Matt Cathell Kent St. MAC
157 Jackson Morse Illinois Big Ten
157 Chase Nelson Oklahoma Big 12
157 Donnie Tasser Pittsburgh EWL
165 Bekzod Abdurakhmonov Clarion EWL
165 Joe Booth Drexel Colonial
165 Ryan DesRoches Cal Poly Pac-10
165 Brandon Hatchett Lehigh EIWA
165 Justin Kerber Cornell EIWA
165 Thomas Scotton North Carolina ACC
165 Ross Tice Kent St. MAC
174 Scott Giffin Pennsylvania EIWA
174 Ryan McGarity Binghamton Colonial
174 Rob Morrison Rider Colonial
174 Jacob Swartz Boise St. Pac-10
184 Brice Arand Oregon St. Pac-10
184 A.J. Kissel Purdue Big Ten
184 Mike Larson Missouri Big 12
184 Nathan Schiedel Binghamton Colonial
184 Kirk Smith Boise St. Pac-10
197 Anthony Biondo Michigan Big Ten
197 Nikolas Brown Chattanooga Southern
197 Peter Capone Ohio St. Big Ten
197 Matt Casperson Boise St. Pac-10
197 Ryan Smith Cal Poly Pac-10
285 Ricardo Alcala Indiana Big Ten
285 John Danilkowicz Virginia ACC
285 David Marone Virginia Tech ACC
285 Blake Rosholt Oklahoma St. Big 12
285 David Wade Eastern Michigan MAC