Nov. 9, 2011
Event: NWCA All-Star Classic • Monday, Nov. 21
Site: Wells Fargo Arena • Tempe, Ariz.
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. CT
Webstream: LiveSportsVideo.com/Fox Sports Arizona Webstream
Match: No. 3 Jason Welch vs. No. 4 Granbayar Sanjaa (American)
Event Website: NWCAOnline.com
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EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern junior Jason Welch (Walnut Creek, Calif./Las Lomas) has been selected to compete at the prestigious NWCA All-Star Classic Monday, Nov. 21, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Welch, who is ranked third in the country at 157 lbs., faces No. 4 Granbayar Sanjaa from American. The annual exhibition event traditionally features the top wrestlers in each weight class.
Welch had a successful sophomore campaign, posting a 29-7 overall record, which included an 18-1 dual mark, and he wrestled to a sixth place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships for his first All-American honor. He is already out to a 1-0 start, defeating Stanford’s Mike Kent in No. 19 Northwestern’s season-opening 27-8 victory over the No. 14 Cardinal.
Welch is the 11th Wildcat in school history chosen to compete at the classic and first since 2007 when Dustin Fox, Ryan Lang and Mike Tamillow competed in Dallas. Other past participants include: Russ Schneider (1968, 160 lbs.), Mark Massery (1971, 126 lbs.), Al Marzano (1978, 190 lbs.), Tom Janicik (1981, 158 lbs.), Mike Funk (1991, 190), Sam Neider (1999, 197) and Jake Herbert (2005, 2006, 184 lbs.).
This year’s event is hosted by Arizona State University and begins at 8:30 p.m. CT.
Northwestern continues competition Saturday, wrestling in its first tournament of the season at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich. Tournament action begins at 8 a.m. CT inside the Jenison Field House.
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