Seth Gross defeated Tariq Wilson in the NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
MANHEIM, Pa. -- Seth Gross and Tariq Wilson staged one of the most entertaining bouts of the NCAA Championships in March.
Next month they'll put on a rematch.
The returning national champion from South Dakota State is slated to take on the rising star from North Carolina State in the 141-pound bout at the NWCA All-Star Classic on Nov. 2 in Denver. If it's anything like their previous battle, it'll be quite a show.
Wilson racked up five takedowns against the No. 1 seed -- three of which came in the final 72 seconds of the third period -- erasing an 8-3 deficit to force overtime. In the extra frame, however, Gross put his superb counter skills to work, fending off a shot and putting Wilson on his back for a fall.
Gross went on to win an NCAA title the following night, defeating Michigan's Stevan Micic 13-8 to become the first South Dakota State athlete to win a Division I individual national title. It capped a 29-1 junior season for the Apple Valley, Minnesota, native, one that began with a victory against Micic in last year's All-Star Classic.
Wilson was one of the breakout wrestlers of the NCAA Championships. He entered the tournament as an unseeded freshman after placing fourth two weeks earlier at the ACC Championships. But he toppled No. 5 seed John Erneste of Missouri in the opening round, took down fourth-seeded Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals and finished his tournament run with a major decision win against Ohio State's Luke Pletcher, the No. 3 seed.
What: 53rd NWCA All-Star Classic hosted by RMNevents, Nuway, and the University of Northern Colorado. Presented by, ARMS Software and Denver Chapter WIBN
When: Friday, November 2, doors open at 4 p.m.
Where: National Wrestling Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216
Tickets: $20 (matside tables available) Click Here!
Social Media: #allstarclassic
141: Seth Gross (South Dakota State) Vs. Tariq Wilson (North Carolina State)
174: Myles Amine (Michigan)
184: Max Dean (Cornell)
109: Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville)
123: Gabriela Ramos-Diaz (Wayland Baptist)
143: Nicole Joseph (King)
170: Brittany Marshall (Wayland Baptist)