Two-time Pac-12 champion Jake Swartz of Boise State has been selected to replace Ed Ruth at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the Marines at George Mason University on Saturday, November 2.
Swartz comes in ranked sixth in the country by Amateur Wrestling News and is a three-time NCAA Division I qualifier. He finished in the Round of 12 during the 2013 NCAA Division I championships.
Swartz finished last season with a 33-5 record and comes in with a career record of 74-27. He will face third-ranked Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland at 184 pounds. It will be the second straight year a Boise State wrestler has competed in the NWCA All-Star Classic. Last season, Jason Chamberlain defeated Oklahoma's Nick Lester 6-3 at 149 pounds.
Swartz and Sheptock combined for 73 wins last season. Sheptock edged Swartz 3-2 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Sheptock would finish in sixth place.
Rankings by Amateur Wrestling News
125: #3 Nahshon Garrett, So. (Cornell) vs. #6 Jarrod Patterson, Sr. (Oklahoma)
133: #3 A.J. Schopp, Jr. (Edinboro) vs. #10 Mason Beckman, So. (Lehigh)
141: #1 (at 133) Tony Ramos, Sr. (Iowa) vs. #3 Devin Carter, Jr. (Virginia Tech)
149: #1 (at 141) Logan Stieber, Jr. (Ohio State) vs. #1 Kendric Maple, Sr. (Oklahoma)
157: #1 Derek St. John, Sr. (Iowa) vs. #11 Nestor Taffur, Sr. (Boston U.)
165: #1 David Taylor, Sr. (Penn State) vs. #3 Michael Moreno, Jr. (Iowa State)
174: #2 Andrew Howe, Sr. (Oklahoma) vs. #3 Matt Brown, Jr. (Penn State)
184: #3 Jimmy Sheptock, Sr. (Maryland) vs. #6 Jake Swartz, Sr. (Boise State)
197: #1 Taylor Meeks, Jr. (Oregon State) vs. #2 Scott Schiller, Jr. (Minnesota)
285: #1 Tony Nelson, Sr. (Minnesota) vs. #2 Mike McMullan, Jr. (Northwestern)
The NWCA All-Star Classic, presented by the United States Marine Corps, will take place on November 2 at 7:15 p.m. 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)
George Mason University was established in 1957 and obtained university status in 1972. Located in Fairfax Va., GMU 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 second 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, Ohio) to form a national Wrestlers in Business Network. The purpose of this organization is to support amateur wrestling activities in major cities across America.