Live Updates: 2022 NWCA All-Star Classic

It’s back! An all-star slate of epic proportions! 15 matches in total, 11 men’s and four women’s boots will be held today in Austin, TX. Check back here early and often for real-time updates!

2022 NWCA All-Star Classic

First whistle is scheduled for 8:00PM eastern! Below is the about order:

125: Pat McKee (Minnesota) vs Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)

133: Lucas Byrd (Illinois) vs Michael McGee (Arizona State)

157: Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) vs Will Lewan (Michigan)

197: Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs Rocky Elam (Missouri)

285: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) vs Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State)

191: Kelani Corbett (Missouri Valley) vs Sydnee Kimber (McKendree)

170: Yelena Makoyed (North Central) vs Jessie Lee (Life)

184: Aaron Brooks (Penn State) vs Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa)

141: Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) vs Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado)

143: Adaugo Nwachukwu (Iowa Wesleyan) vs Alara Boyd (McKendree)

109: Peyton Prassin (Life) vs Emily Shilson (Augsburg)

165: David Carr (Iowa State) vs Quincy Monday (Princeton)

165: Dean Hamiti Jr. (Wisconsin) vs Keegan O’Toole (Missouri)

149: Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) vs Austin Gomez (Wisconsin)

174: Carter Starocci (Penn State) vs Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)

It’s nearly time! Blogging perch secured. I’m flanked by the great Mark Bader to my left and the inimitable Shane Sparks to my right!

125: #3 Pat McKee (Minnesota) vs #12 Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)

1st period: These guys are used to being the first match of an event. Terukina repping Iowa State by way of Hawaii, McKee is a local Minnesota product. Good action but no score after a minute. Terkuina shoots a sweep single but a strong chest wrap from McKee’s defence. Still no score. 1 minute left in the period. Another shot by Terukina, he’s in deep but McKee head cartwheels over and scores the takedown. Impressive counter by Pat. Solid ride by McKee, Terukina keep pretty close to the mat for the final minute and McKee has a 2-0 lead and 55 seconds of riding time at the break

2nd period: McKee chooses bottom. He stands and is out after about 15 seconds. A couple shots from Terukina, retacked by McKee. Knee pick straight to the back. McKee pounces on the head. Terukina may have though they were going out of bounds but McKee drags his toe. Readjust, barely in bounds still, and there’s the fall! Pat McKee wins the first All-Star Classic bout since 2018 via pinfall!

133: #5 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) vs #4 Michael McGee (Arizona State)

1st period: McGee comes out in a Sunkist Kids freestyle single. Byrd is wearing the traditional Illinois singlet featuring a Block I. All of which is allowed, as these matches are exhibitions. It’s also why they’re wearing red and blue ankle bands rather than red and green. No scores half way through the 1st period. Byrd with the first penetrating attack with about a minute left. And he converts for two, McGee tried to roll through but Byrd had the move sniffed out. McGee escapes after 28 seconds of RT. 2-1 Byrd leads at the break.

2nd period: Byrd chooses down. Builds to a quad-pod. And Byrd’s out while preserving 3 seconds of RT in his favour. 3-1 lead for Illinois. Another good shot from Byrd, he’s got a leg, McGee goes over the top, grabs some angles, no crotch lock. There’s a scramble. McGee is close. No score! Time’s up, and Mark Perry, in the corner for McGee, throws the challenge brick. Thorough review, and call is confirmed. No takedown, still 3-1 Bryd.

3rd period: McGee is underneath and a stand up to a granby and McGee is out in about 10 seconds. 3-2 now, RT is not a factor. Final minute of regulation, still on our feet. No stall calls on either wrestler. McGee furiously attacking. Byrd doesn’t let him get close, and Byrd takes it 3-2!

157: #4 Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) vs #2 Will Lewan (Michigan)

1st period: Andonian is appointment viewing and Lewan is as tough as they come. It should be a fun one, although, duh, they all should be. No scores after a minute. Andonian coils up and unleashes a deep double but Lewan pulls him up with overhooks and stops the attack. No scores as we get to short time. And a perfectly timed double by Lewan scores with just 6 seconds left in the period. 2-0 as we go to the break.

2nd period: Lewan starts underneath, and he’s out in 6 seconds so the RT clock reads triple zero and Lewan has a 3-0 lead. Another double by Lewan but Andonian stops him. Bryce slaps on an over-under bodylock. Lewan fights out of it. Good flurry in short time but no score. Another flurry as the clock hits zero, still 3-0 Lewan.

3rd period: Andonian with a turn on bottom. He’s out quickly, 3-1. RT is not a factor. Lewan is not afraid to go upper body. Some good flurries but still 3-1 with a minute to go in regulation. Andonian picks up the pace but Lewan won’t let him lock anything up tight. Time expires and Will Lewan wins 3-1!

197: #2 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs #4 Rocky Elam (Missouri)

1st period: Our first of two back-to-back bouts featuring Hawkeyes. Warner was an NCAA runnerup last season and a three-time All-American. Elam is a two-time All-American. This is the first collegiate meeting between the two of them. Warner walks out to ‘Fat Bottom Girls’, which appropriately comes out to the Rocky theme song. Elam his a single early and he scores quickly. Warner out quickly, Elam leads 2-1. Collar ties and hand fighting, not a lot of level changes over the next 90 seconds. The period ends with no more scores, still 2-1 Missouri.

2nd period: Elam on bottom. False start and caution on Rocky. Clean start, Warner lifts and returns. Takes a few tries but Elam is out after about 30 seconds. Elam in on a shot. Stalemated with 44 seconds on the clock, 3-1 Elam. We break for blood, looks like it’s coming from Elam. We’re back in business. No scores to close out the period, still 3-1 Elam, RT not a factor.

3rd period: Warner starts on bottom. He sits down and is out in 4 seconds. Great exchange, attack by Elam, reattack by Warner, both almost scores. Another attack by Elam, he’s got a leg, he’s chewing up the clock, and the takedown at the edge. 5-2 Elam now and he’s got a 3 point lead with 52 seconds to go on the restart. Warner with a switch off the whistle, cuts him immediately. Shot by Elam, he leads 6-4 and wants to use up this clock. Warner counters and the Iowan ties it up! 6-6, Warner on a leg, he gets hit with a stall call but it’s worth it because the period expires and we’re going to overtime!

Sudden Victory: Warner pressing in. Elam drops underneath and converts for the win! 8-6, and a statement win for the Missouri Tiger. He’ll likely move up to #2 in the nation after that victory.

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