Last Updated on November 22, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Title: Carter Starocci Shines at the 2023 NWCA All-Star Classic
The 2023 NWCA All-Star Classic, held on Tuesday, November 21 at Penn State University’s Rec Hall, showcased the immense talent of college wrestlers from across the nation. With 28 top wrestlers competing, this event is considered the premier wrestling showcase of the college season.
In the NCAA Men’s Folkstyle matches, several exciting matchups unfolded. Purdue’s Matt Ramos took on Anthony Noto from Lock Haven, defeating him with a score of 10-2. Connor Mcgonagle of Lehigh claimed victory over Virginia Tech’s Sam Latona with a score of 7-5 in tiebreaker 2. Lachlan Mcneil from North Carolina triumphed over Navy’s Josh Koderhandt by a score of 4-2. Penn State’s Shayne Van Ness secured a win against Arizona State’s Kyle Parco with a 5-1 score. Nolan Hertel from Wisconsin-La Crosse defeated St. Cloud State’s Nick Novak with a score of 3-1. Oklahoma State’s Izzak Olejnik showcased his skills, defeating Wisconsin’s Dean Hamiti by a score of 8-2. A notable performance came from Carter Starocci of Penn State, who dominated Mekhi Lewis, the NCAA champion, with a score of 11-0. Northern Iowa’s Parker Keckeisen triumphed over Bernie Truax from Penn State with a close score of 7-5. Additionally, Penn State’s Aaron Brooks secured a victory over South Dakota State’s Tanner Sloan, with a score of 11-2. Another standout bout was between Penn State’s Greg Kerkvliet and Air Force’s Wyatt Hendrickson, with Kerkvliet emerging victorious with a technical fall score of 18-2 in just 4 minutes and 48 seconds.
Carter Starocci’s exceptional performance against NCAA champ Mekhi Lewis at 174 lbs was undoubtedly the highlight of the event. Starocci’s dominant win showcased his immense talent and solidified his status as an emerging star in the wrestling community.
The Women’s Freestyle matches also provided thrilling action. Samara Chavez from King defeated Sydney Petzinger from North Central with a victory by fall, securing a score of 8-4 in just 3 minutes and 50 seconds. In another impressive victory, Alexis Janiak from Aurora defeated Sarah Savidge from Life with a victory by technical fall, earning a score of 10-0 in a mere 31 seconds. Adaugo Nwachukwu from William Penn triumphed over Yele Aycock from North Central with a victory by decision in overtime, securing a score of 11-7. Marlynne Deede from Iowa emerged victorious over Latifah Mcbryde from Life with a victory by decision in overtime, earning a score of 8-3.
For avid fans, the FloWrestling College Wrestling Rankings are updated every Monday throughout the season. Additionally, all the video footage from the 2023 NWCA All-Star Classic will be archived and stored in the video library for FloWrestling subscribers to enjoy for the duration of their subscription.
Overall, the 2023 NWCA All-Star Classic brought together the best college wrestlers in the nation, with Carter Starocci stealing the show with his dominant win over NCAA champion Mekhi Lewis. The event also showcased the talent of women wrestlers in exhilarating matches. With ongoing updates to the rankings and access to archived footage, wrestling enthusiasts are sure to have an exciting season ahead.