Nov. 14, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Josh Asper, ranked third by InterMat at 165 pounds, and sophomore Spencer Myers, ranked third at 285 pounds, have been selected to participate in the 2011 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic the NWCA announced on Thursday. The NWCA All-Star Classic will take place November 21 at Arizona State University.
"It is the fourth year in a row that we have had a representative," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "It is the second time in the last four years we have had multiple participants. Overall, it is great for our program to show we have high-caliber wrestlers."
For Asper, it is his second appearance in the field. The Parkton, Md., native will take on No. 2 Shane Onufer of Wyoming in a re-match of from the 2010 NWCA All-Star Classic. Asper defeated Onufer by a 3-2 decision at the All-Star Classic, but fell to Onufer in the fifth-place match at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Myers will face No. 2 Ryan Flores of American. Myers wrestled Flores last year as part of a Maryland and American dual meet. Flores earned a 15-7 decision.
Fifteen universities will be represented in the event, with Maryland having two wrestlers competing along with American, Illinois, Oklahoma State and Wyoming.
2011 NWCA All-Star Classic Line-Up
125: Jarrod Patterson , Oklahoma vs. Nic Bedelyon, Kent State
133: Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State vs. B.J. Futrell, Illinois
141: Kellen Russell, Michigan vs. Boris Novachkov, Cal Poly
149: Jamal Parks, Oklahoma State vs. Tyler Nauman, Pittsburgh
157: Jason Welch, Northwestern vs. Ganbayar Sanjaa, American
165: Shane Onufer, Wyoming vs. Josh Asper, Maryland
174: Jordan Blanton, Illinois vs. Nick Heflin, Ohio State
184: Joe LeBlanc, Wyoming vs. Ben Bennett, Central Michigan
197: (DIII) Byron Tate, Wartburg vs. Christ Honeycutt, Edinboro
285: Ryan Flores, American vs. Spencer Myers, Maryland