Thomas, Cobb Ready for All-Star Spotlight

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PHILADELPHIA – A pair of Penn wrestlers will have the chance to take to the mats for an early start to the 2014-15 season on Saturday night as The Palestra plays host to the 49th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the United States Marine Corps and the Wrestlers in Business Network. The first matches begin at 6:30 p.m.

Returning All-American Lorenzo Thomas and 2013 NCAA qualifier C.J. Cobb were chosen by the NWCA to compete at the All-Star Classic in Showcase Matches, each taking on a talented opponent. Thomas and Cobb are Penn’s first participants in the All-Star Classic since Zack Kemmerer competed in the 2011 All-Star Classic at Arizona State.

No. 3 (TheOpenMat.com Rankings) Lorenzo Thomas, returns after finishing sixth at the 2014 NCAA Championships to earn his first All-American trophy. The EIWA runner-up last season, Thomas compiled a 30-11 record, leading the team in wins, falls and major decisions. His opponent on November 1 will be Rider’s Clint Morrison. A returning NCAA qualifier, Morrison was 19-6 last season. This will be the first meeting between Thomas and Morrison.

No. 20 (TheOpenMat.com Rankings) C.J. Cobb returns to action in 2014-15 after missing all of last season. An NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds in 2013, Cobb will move up a weight to 149 pounds this season. Cobb was an EIWA runner-up in 2013, posting a 25-9 overall record. Cobb’s opponent at the All-Star Classic will be No. 3 Devin Carter of Virginia Tech. A national finalist in 2014 at 141 pounds, Carter is a two-time NCAA All-American. Cobb and Carter have met one previous time, an 8-6 win for Carter at the 2012 Midlands Championships.

Announced Matchups (Rankings by TheOpenMat.com)
125: #3 Alan Waters, Sr. (Missouri) vs. #4 Joey Dance, So. (Virginia Tech)
133: #1 A.J. Schopp, Sr. (Edinboro) vs. #2 Mason Beckman, Jr. (Lehigh)
141: #1 Logan Stieber, Sr. (Ohio State) vs. #2 Mitchell Port, Sr. (Edinboro)
149: #1 Jason Tsirtsis, So. (Northwestern) vs. #2 Josh Kindig, Sr. (Oklahoma State)
157: #2 James Green, Sr. (Nebraska) vs. #3 Ian Miller, Jr. (Kent State)
165: #1 Alex Dieringer, Jr. (Oklahoma State) vs. #2 Nick Sulzer, Sr. (Virginia)
174: #2 Robert Kokesh, Sr. (Nebraska) vs. #1-NAIA Brock Gutches, Sr. (Southern Oregon)
184: #1 Gabe Dean, So. (Cornell) vs. #2 Jack Dechow, So. (Old Dominion)
197: #1 J’Den Cox, So. (Missouri) vs. #2 Scott Schiller, Sr. (Minnesota)
285: #1 Nick Gwiazdowski, Jr. (N.C. State) vs. #2 Mike McMullan, Sr. (Northwestern)

Showcase Matchups
Women’s FS 55kg: World #3 Helen Maroulis (United States) vs. World #4 Jillian Gallays (Canada)
133: #1-Division III Alex Gomez, Sr. (Ithaca) vs. #17 Kevin Devoy, So. (Drexel)
141: #1-NCWA Ryan Diehl, So. (Liberty) vs. Jordan Laster, So. (Princeton)
149: #3 Devin Carter, Sr. (Virginia Tech) vs. #20 C.J. Cobb, Sr. (Penn)
184: #3 Lorenzo Thomas, Sr. (Penn) vs. Clint Morrison, Sr. (Rider)

Please note that the final order of matches has not been set at this time.

The NWCA All-Star Classic will be streamed live via Flowrestling as part of its “Flo Pro” streaming package. In addition, Fox College Sports will be filming the All-Star Classic for a tape delayed broadcast at a later date.

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