College Wrestling: Eleven Athletes from California to Compete at the 52nd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic

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WHAT: 52nd NWCA All-Star Classic hosted by Wrestlers in Business Network
WHEN: Sunday, November 5th, 3 p.m. ET
WHERE: Jadwin Gym – Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
LIVE STREAM: Trackwrestling

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For the first time in the history of the All-Star Classic event, it will pair men’s and women’s wrestling duals known as One Sport: HiStory and HerStory. The state of California will have the privilege of watching in action eleven of its grapplers compete in the event. What will make this dual-meet more special than previous years, it is the fact that women wrestlers will wrestle alongside the men’s in the main event.

The Golden State leads the way in participants with 11, followed by New Jersey with seventh. Below is a look at our California wrestlers matches set to take place at the historic 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic.

174: Mark Hall, So. (Penn State) vs. Zahid Valencia, So. (Arizona State, St. John Bosco, SS)
This bout is one of the most anticipated matches wrestling fans want to see in the NWCA All-Star event. Last year, along with his teammate Vincenzo Joseph, Hall became the first freshman in Penn State history to win an individual NCAA title. Before even arriving at Penn State, Hall had already been a six-time state champion back in Minnesota, as well as a World Junior Champion. He captured gold at 74 kilograms at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France. Hall and Valencia had been on the previous three world junior teams together. However, this past season in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships in March, the two met on the biggest stage. Valencia entered the tournament as the top seed at 174 with just one loss on the season, while Hall came in as the fifth seed. The two produced an outstanding match with Hall coming away with the 4-3 decision to advance to the finals. Valencia, was triumphant last season in capturing a Pac-12 title along with his brother, Anthony. According to InterMat, Hall is ranked No. 1 in the country, while Valencia is No. 2.

 

285: Tanner Hall, Jr. (Arizona State) vs. Nick Nevills, Jr. (Penn State, Clovis, CS)
It will be the first meeting for Hall and Nevills as both athletes have never crossed paths. Along with fellow teammate, Zahid, Hall was successful in gaining a Pac-12 title and advancing to nationals where he placed third in the heavyweight class. As a freshman at Arizona State, Hall was second at the Pac-12 tournament and was a match away from becoming an All-American. The surname Nevills is well-known in the state of California. As a scholastic grappler, Nevills was triumphant in placing all four years at the state tournament and winning it three times. Last year as a starter for the Nittany Lions, Nevills took third at 2017 Big Ten Championships with a 4-1 run at 285, including three pins. At the national tournament, Nevills finished with a 5-2 record and became an All-American for the first time in his career as he placed fifth. In the most current rankings by InterMat, Hall is No. 3, while Nevills is the No. 4 wrestler in the country.

 

101: Marina Doi, Sr. (King University, Kingsburg, CS) vs. Hiba Salem, Jr. (Menlo, South San Francisco, CC)
Doi is probably one of the top college wrestlers in the WCWA division at any weight. She is a three-time national finalist and two-time champion. Her lone defeat at the national tournament came in her freshman season to four-time national champion Emily Webster (Oklahoma City). Salem is a junior out of Menlo College, where she has garnered All-American honors twice. Salem recently placed third at the Blue Chip Open where she scored seven tech-fall victories. Salem and Doi met in the semifinals of last year’s WCWA National Championships in a match won by Doi, 7-0.

 

 

116: Fayth Woodward, Jr. (Emmanuel, Nevada Union, SJ) vs. Makayla Bourbon, Sr. (U. of the Cumberlands, Pioneer Valley, SS)
Once again, the state of California will have two grapplers meeting up against each other at the NWCA All-Star Classic. Woodward, who competes for Emmanuel College, was a WCWA All-American (8th) last season for Southwestern Oregon Community College. Woodward enters the season as the fourth-ranked wrestler at 116 pounds. Bourbon is a senior that will be in the hunt of her first All-American honors. Last season she finished top 12 at the national tournament to end the year with a 14-12 record.

 

 

123: Dom Parrish, Jr. (Simon Fraser, Scotts Valley, NC) vs. Amber Pair, So. (Eastern Oregon)
Parrish will enter the NWCA All-Star even as the second-ranked wrestler at 123 in the WCWA division. She is a two-time All-American, placing third as a freshman, and being the runner-up last year as a sophomore. Parrish recently won her weight class at the USAW U23 World Team Trials and will be representing the U.S. at the at the U23 World Championships in Poland, November 21-26. Pair was top 12 at the national championship as a freshman and is the No. 7 ranked wrestler at 116-pounds.

 

 

 

136: Kayla Miracle, Sr. (Campbellsville) vs. Solin Piearcy, So. (Menlo, Cupertino, CC)
Piearcy will have her hands full as she will take on three-time WCWA champion as well as U23 World Team Trials team member, Kayla Miracle of Campbellsville. This season, she will attempt and become just the fourth four-time national champion in the history of the WCWA. Last weekend, Miracle competed at the at the Beat the Streets Los Angeles 4th Annual Benefit, winning her match against Yoshimi Kayama of Japan, 10-4. Piearcy became an All-American for the first time after placing fifth as a freshman. She recently placed second at the Blue Chip Open, as she lost a 7-4 match to Desiree Zavala of Grays Harbor who will be competing at the NWCA All-Star event at 143-pounds.

 

143: Mallory Velte, Sr. (Simon Fraser, Christian Brothers, SJ) vs. Desiree Zavala, So. (Grays Harbor)
Velte who is a three-time All-American will be in the hunt to claim her third WCWA championship this season. She is the top wrestler at 143 and will be competing against No. 3 Desiree Zavala of Grays Harbor. Velte is a 2017 World Championships participant and was one of six Americans to win their matches at against her Japanese opponent at the Beat the Streets Los Angeles 4th Annual Benefit. Zavala transferred to Grays Harbor after earning a third-place All-American finish for Southern Oregon University last season at the WCWA national tournament. She recently won the Blue Chip Open wrestling at 136 pounds.

 

 

155: Niauni Hill, Sr. (Lindenwood-Belleville, Hayward, NCS) vs. Kiera Gabaldon, Jr. (Warner Pacific)
Hill enters the 2017-18 season as the top grappler at 155-pounds. She is a three-time All-American as she has finished seventh, third, and second. Hill will look to become the first WCWA champion for Lindenwood-Belleville this season. Her most recent results were going undefeated at the Patriot Duals. Gabaldon, a two-time All-American from Warner Pacific starts the season as the number two ranked wrestler at 155 pounds behind Hill. Hill and Gabaldon met last year at the national tournament with Hill obtaining the victory via injury default.

 

 

191: Paige Baynes, Jr. (Grays Harbor) vs. Alyssa Cantu, Sr. (Missouri Valley, Weston Ranch, SJ)
Baynes will be the third wrestler from Grays Harbor to compete in the main event on Sunday. She is a two-time All-American who recently transferred from Lindenwood. Last year, she was the WCWA runner-up at 191 and was sixth in 2016. Cantu is a senior who garnered her first All-American last season after finishing fifth at 191-pounds. She recently went 3-1 at the Patriot Duals.