PHILADELPHIA – The NWCA All-Star Classic is coming to The Palestra on November 1, and a pair of Penn wrestlers was announced today as competitors in the Showcase Matches which will take place as part of the elite kickoff event to the collegiate wrestling season.
Returning All-American Lorenzo Thomas and 2013 NCAA qualifier C.J. Cobb have been chosen to represent the host institution in the event, marking Penn’s first participation 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.
Thomas and Cobb will compete in two of the five Showcase Matches which have been added to the card for the 49th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the Wrestlers in Business Network and the United States Marine Corps. 20 returning All-Americans and five defending national champions are part of the lineup previously announced. For more information on the NWCA All-Star Classic, click here.
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