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PHILADELPHIA - Senior Zack Kemmerer has been selected to compete at the NWCA All-Star Classic, stepping in to replace Kellen Russell from Michigan who withdrew on Wednesday.
Kemmerer, ranked No. 4 in the country at 141 pounds, will wrestle No. 2 Boris Novachkov from Cal Poly at the 46th NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps on Monday, Nov. 21 at Arizona State University with a start time of 7:30 p.m. PST.
"We are very excited to have Zack chosen to represent our program at the prestigious event," head coach Rob Eiter said. "We have known inside our room for quite a while that Zack is a special talent and he showed flashes of that last year at NCAAs. I am looking forward to his performance on Monday and the rest of the country continuing to see how talented Zack is."
An All-American at 141 pounds in 2011, Kemmerer will enter the All-Star Classic off a championship run at the Binghamton Open Nov. 13. He went 5-0 on the day, including a 3-1 win over then No. 12 Chris Villalonga from Cornell in the quarterfinals. All-time, Kemmerer possesses a record of 97-36 in his Penn career.
A two-time NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, Kemmerer put together one of the most impressive seasons in Penn wrestling history in 2010-11. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Kemmerer was the Binghamton Open and Keystone Classic champion, along with a third-place finish at the EIWA Championships and a fifth-place run at the Southern Scuffle. He finished the season with a 39-10 overall record, his 39 wins setting a Penn record for victories in a single season. His 39 wins were tied for first in the EIWA at any weight, second among all NCAA Division I 141-pounders and tied for third among all NCAA Division I wrestlers.
Kemmerer will be Penn's first competitor at the NWCA All-Star Classic since Matt Valenti and Matt Herrington competed at the 2006 All-Star Classic in Dallas, Texas . At the meet, Valenti - ranked No. 1 in the country and the defending national champion - defeated No. 5 Coleman Scott from Oklahoma State, 6-5. The two would meet again in March on the big stage in Auburn Hills, Mich. Where Valenti capped his second national title at 133 pounds. Herington, ranked No. 2, suffered a 5-4 loss to No. 3 James Yonushonis of Penn State at 174 pounds.
The 46th NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps will be televised on tape-delay on Fox College Sports starting on Nov. 30. For a full schedule of the showings, click here.