High-octane wrestlers James Green and Ian Miller to meet at 157 pounds at NWCA All-Star Classic

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High-octane wrestlers James Green and Ian Miller to meet at 157 pounds at NWCA All-Star Classic

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Manheim, Pennsylvania --  Two of the most entertaining wrestlers in the nation will square off at 157 pounds at the NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps and the Wrestlers in Business Network hosted by Penn and WIBN-Philadelphia on November 1 at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.


All-Americans James Green of Nebraska and Ian Miller of Kent State will step to the line at 157 pounds in what could be a preview of the NCAA Division I championship finals. Green, a native of Willingboro, New Jersey, comes into this season as a three-time All-American and recently competed for Team USA as part of the University World Team that competed in Hungary back in July where he won a silver medal.


Green finished third last year at 157 pounds after entering the tournament as the top seed after winning his first Big Ten Championship. He’d previously placed seventh on two occasions for the Huskers. Green went 35-2 in 2013-14 and has a career collegiate mark of 94-17.


Miller, from Oak Harbor, Ohio, will be the first wrestler from Kent State to appear in the All-Star Classic since Nic Bedelyon represented the Golden Flashes at 125 pounds in 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. Miller won the Mid-American Conference championship last season, his first since moving up from 149 pounds after he redshirted in 2012-13. Miller comes into the season with a career record of 60-11, going 31-6 in 2013-14.


The two met once last season, with Green scoring a decisive 13-1 major decision in the third-place match at 157 pounds in Oklahoma City. Combined, the two earned 35 bonus victories with Miller earning 10 falls and Green picking up 10 major decisions.


Green’s participation in the All-Star Classic will mark the 22nd time a Husker has wrestled in the event, but the first since 2009. Nebraska holds an overall record of 11-10 individually with the two most recent wins coming in 2009 at Fullerton, California where Jordan Burroughs and Stephen Dwyer earned individual victories. Also in 2009, Craig Brester competed at 197 pounds.


Miller joins Bedelyon as the only wrestlers in Kent State history to compete in the event. Bedelyon gave Kent State the program’s first win in 2009 with a 7-3 victory over Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma.


“Wrestlers from Nebraska have continually been involved in the All-Star Classic since 1983,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to have wrestlers from Mark Manning’s program compete in the event, while this is only Kent State’s second-ever appearance. This type of matchup shows how diverse the talent is within Division I wrestling as you’ve got a wrestler from the nation’s toughest conference – the Big Ten – and one from one of the rising forces in wrestling – the MAC. Despite the outcome the last time these two wrestled, I believe the fans will enjoy the show James Green and Ian Miller will put on at the Palestra.”


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Competing wrestlers will be eligible for the Outstanding Wrestler Award, presented by the Wrestlers in Business Network - Atlanta Chapter.


Announced Matchups

125: Nahshon Garrett, Jr. (Cornell) vs. Joey Dance, So. (Virginia Tech)

133: A.J. Schopp, Sr. (Edinboro) vs. Mason Beckman, Jr. (Lehigh)



157: James Green, Sr. (Nebraska) vs. Ian Miller, Jr. (Kent State)



184: Gabe Dean, So. (Cornell) vs. Jack Dechow, So. (Old Dominion)




Showcase Matchups

To Be Announced