WASHINGTON D.C. -- The 125-pound match at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic will feature Jarrod Patterson of the University of Oklahoma and Nahshon Garrett of Cornell University, a matchup between two highly ranked All-Americans.
Despite redshirting during the 2012-2013 season, Patterson is a three-year starter and NCAA qualifier for the Sooners and no stranger to the NWCA All-Star Classic.
Patterson began his collegiate career as a redshirt, but was quickly transitioned to the active list during a match against Oklahoma State. From his first match, where he recorded an upset win against Chris Notte, Patterson amassed 30 overall wins, the third highest on his team, a Big 12 Championship and a bid to the NCAA Championships, where he went 2-2.
In his sophomore season Patterson built on the momentum from his freshman season recording 29 wins, the second highest number of wins on his team, finishing second at the Big 12 Championships and seventh at the NCAA Championships, subsequently earning him All-American honors.
Patterson began his junior season with an appearance in the 2011 NWCA All-Star Classic, where he fell to Kent State's Nic Bedelyon.
During the remainder of the season, Patterson wrestled to 28 season victories, logging 53 takedowns in the process, a second place finish at the Big 12 Championships and earned a bid to the NCAA Championships where he narrowly missed earning All-American honors.
To date Patterson has wrestled to an 84-26 overall career record.
As a true freshman, Garrett broke team records and won numerous championships and opens en route to the NCAA Championships, and will look to use this momentum to defeat Patterson.
Garrett began the 2012-2013 season with a 17 match win streak and championship titles at both the Binghamton Open and New York State Intercollegiates. Garrett's success continued throughout the season as he logged 43 overall wins, breaking the record for most wins in a season, and an undefeated 5-0 record in Ivy League competition.
During the post season, Garrett continued to log impressive victories including those that led him to earn the championship title at the EIWA Championships.
At the NCAA Championships, Garrett earned the number six seed and upset both the number one and three seeds during his path to All-American honors and a third place finish.
For his efforts during the season Garrett warned EIWA Freshman of the Year, Ivy League Rookie of the Year, an honor a Big Red wrestler had not won since Kyle Dake in 2010, and First Team All-Ivy honors.
The All-Star Classic will take place on November 2nd at 7:15pm on the campus of George Mason University. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the Ticketmaster website. For more information on the All-Star Classic, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA on Facebook and Twitter.
About the NWCA
Founded in 1928, the NWCA strives to promote and provide leadership for the advancement of amateur wrestling, primarily at the scholastic and collegiate levels. The association is headquartered in Manheim Pa. The three core competencies are coaching development, student-wrestler welfare, and promotion/advocacy. The NWCA has 10,000 members and educational programs that serve 230,000 students each year.
About George Mason University (GMU)
Was established in 1957 and obtained university status in 1972. George Mason University is located in Fairfax Virginia has 32,000 students. The GMU wrestling program has a rich tradition as evidenced by having advanced 41 different wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Championships, two wrestlers achieved All American status one time and one wrestler achieved All American status two times. The head coach is Joe Russell and he is in his 2nd year.
About Wrestlers in Business Network (WIBN)
The WIBN-Washington DC Chapter consists of prominent business leaders in the Washington DC metropolitan region. The organization was originally formed in September 2012 under the name of the Greater Washington Wrestlers in Business Network and more recently merged with the Wrestlers in Business Network (headquartered in Cleveland OH) to form a national Wrestlers in Business Network. The purpose of this organization is to support amateur wrestling activities in major cities across America.