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    2022 All-Star Classic Preview and Predictions

    Carter Starocci (left) and Mekhi Lewis will clash in the main event at the 2022 All-Star Classic (photos courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    After a short hiatus, the NWCA All-Star Classic is back with a very strong card. The following is a match-by-match preview of the event that takes place Tuesday at 8:00pm EST and will stream live on FloWrestling.

    125: No. 4 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) vs. No. 19 Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)

    McKee is a three-time NCAA qualifier, and he has finished as an All-American for the past two seasons. Last year, he went 26-9 and finished fifth at the NCAA tournament. So far this year, McKee won a pair of matches at the Bison Open and shared the title with teammate Troy Spratley.

    This will be the third straight year in the starting lineup for Terukina. He enters this season after qualifying for the last two NCAA tournaments. After starting this season with wins over No. 9 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin) and Zak Thomspon (Campbell), Terukina suffered his first loss of the year against Eli Griffin (Cal Baptist). Luckily for him, he was able to get back on track with a win over Esco Walker (Grand View).

    Terukina is an active offensive wrestler who will likely be able to get to legs in this match. Unfortunately for him, that sort of plays into McKee's game. He has a variety of counters, and that will allow him to get the better of the neutral exchanges in this contest.

    Prediction: McKee decision over Terukina

    133: No. 6 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) vs. No. 4 Michael McGee (Arizona State)

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