Tomasello to Compete in NWCA All-Star Classic
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Reigning NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello will begin his title defense with a familiar opponent when the 2015-16 season officially begins Nov. 1. He’ll face West Virginia’s Zeke Moisey in the 50th NWCA All-Star Classic at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga., on the campus of Georgia Tech.
Tomasello defeated Moisey in the 125 lb. NCAA final last March, 9-5, completing a masterful run that included a Big Ten title, a national championship and 18 straight wins to close the season. The sophomore from Parma, Ohio was 33-4 and won three of his five matches at the NCAA Championships via bonus points.
In the semifinals, Tomasello scored a late takedown to defeated previously undefeated and top-seeded Alan Waters of Missouri. The win was reminiscent of his Big Ten semifinal victory over two-time NCAA champion Jesse Delgado of Illinois. In both instances, Tomasello used the semifinal victories to propel himself and the Buckeyes to championship endings.
“What we saw last year with Nathan Tomasello and Zeke Moisey is how ready wrestlers are coming into college,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Even after a year redshirting at Ohio State, Tomasello stepped in and beat the undefeated top-seed to make the finals and Moisey, who was a true freshman last season, came into the tournament unseeded and reached the finals with a stunning pin in the semifinals.”
The NWCA All-Star Classic, presented by the Wresters in Business Network, will air live on ESPNU. The event 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 19 times, most recently by four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber. Buckeye wrestlers have gone a combined 9-9. 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.