It’s Thanksgiving week and the college wrestling schedule is a little thin. But luckily for us, the NWCA All-Star Classic has returned. After a four-year hiatus, the event returned in 2022 and now we have another edition in 2023. This year's event will feature a match at all ten men’s weights along with four women’s bouts.
With such a heavy representation from the two-time defending champion Penn State Nittany Lions, it makes some sense to hold the dual in PSU’s Rec Hall.
The festivities kick off at 7pm (eastern) on Tuesday and can be viewed on FloWrestling.
Below is a match-by-match look at the entire card, plus predictions for each contest.
125 lbs: #1 Anthony Noto (Lock Haven) vs. #4 Matt Ramos (Purdue)
When this matchup was released it involved a number-one ranked 125 lber. It will once it occurs; however, it won’t be the same one. Matt Ramos came into the season as the top-ranked wrestler at this weight after becoming Purdue’s first national finalist since 2006. Ramos suffered a loss at the Clarion Open in the initial week of the season and another at WrangleMania to Jakob Camacho, which accounts for his current ranking. In between, he’s racked up six wins, including two via bonus points against 2023 national qualifiers. With Ramos’ loss, Noto was elevated into the top spot at this weight. Noto finished in fourth place at the 2023 NCAA Championships and amassed a sparkling 33-4 record. This year he’s only seen action in two bouts; however, both have ended in tech falls.
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