COLUMBUS, Ohio – Reigning NCAA champion Myles Martin will begin his title defense in the 51st annual NWCA All-Star Classic at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Martin will move up to 184 pounds for the All-Star Classic. His opponent will be revealed in the coming weeks as the NWCA will send out pairing releases for all 10 weight classes.
Martin (33-6) put an exclamation point on what was an unforgettable true freshman campaign with an 11-9 victory over top-seed Bo Nickal of Penn State in the NCAA finals at 174 lbs. The first true freshman national champion in program history and only the 15th in NCAA history, Martin redshirted for the first two months of the season before finally making his varsity debut Jan. 3 at Illinois. He was third at the Big Ten Championships before the storybook run in New York City that saw him become the first No. 11 seed to win a title since 1979.
In the title match, Martin trailed 4-3 in the second period before a wild sequence in which took Nickal down and turned him on his back for four near-fall points to turn a one point deficit into a five point lead.
The NWCA All-Star Classic, hosted by the Wresters in Business Network, is an annual showcase of the nation’s top college wrestling stars in a dual meet format that’s kicked off the college wrestling season since 2004. It was previously a post-season or late-season event.
Over the course of the event, Ohio State has been represented 20 times, most recently by 2015 NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello. Buckeye wrestlers have gone a combined 10-9. The first Ohio State wrestler to compete in the event was current Notre Dame College head coach Frank Romano, who wrestled at 118 pounds in 1970.