Dardanes, Schopp renew rivalry at All-Star Classic

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The 133 pound weight class bout at the 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps will feature Chris Dardanes of the University of Minnesota wrestling against Aaron (A.J.) Schopp of Edinboro University, rekindling a rivalry from the 2012 NCAA Championships between the redshirt sophomores.

Chris Dardanes earned All-American honors as a freshman (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
Dardanes began his rookie season outside of the Gopher starting lineup. It was not until Dardanes won the Southern Scuffle that he earned the starting spot at 133 pounds. Following his placement as a starter, Dardanes mounted a successful season placing sixth at the Big 10 Championships and fourth at the NCAA Championships, earning himself All-American honors.

Dardanes was named Most Improved Wrestler of the Year by his teammates and received Big 10 All-Academic honors.

Dardanes finished the 2011-2012 season 25-12 overall, 7-4 in duals and 5-2 in Big 10 competition. Dardanes registered 6 pins, 1 technical fall and 7 major decision wins during the 2011-2012 season.

Schopp began his rookie season with a title win at the UB Open. Schopp finished his season winning three additional titles: MSU Open Champion, PSAC Champion, and EWL Champion. With his win at the EWL Championships, Schopp qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Schopp was named Freshman and Rookie of the Year by his teammates for the 2011-2012 season.

Schopp finished the 2011-2012 season 39-6 overall and 12-1 in duals. Schopp registered 19 falls, the third most by any wrestler on his team, 7 technical falls and 2 major decision wins during the 2011-2012 season.

Dardanes and Schopp will face off at the All-Star Classic for the first time since their last meeting at the 2012 NCAA Championships. In the second round of the NCAA Championships, Dardanes, the tenth seed, defeated Schopp, the seventh seed, in a 7-3 decision.

The NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps will occur on November 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Bender Arena on the campus of American University in Washington D.C. The NWCA All-Star classic is hosted by the DC Athletic Club and Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network and is also sponsored by Balance Bar.

For more information on the event, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA Facebook and Twitter pages.

The NWCA Classic serves as a premier event to help grow the sport of wrestling. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the sport in the Washington DC area.

About the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.

About the United States Marine Corps
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