All-Americans Schopp and Beckman to get reacquainted at 2014 NWCA All-Star Classic

National Wrestling Coaches Association Release

 

All-Americans Schopp and Beckman to get reacquainted at 2014 NWCA All-Star Classic

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Manheim, Pennsylvania -- A pair of Division I All-Americans and Pennsylvania natives will meet up for the second straight year as the National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the first matchup for the NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps and Wrestlers in Business Network hosted by Penn and WIBN-Philadelphia on November 1 at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

This will be the 49th edition of the All-Star Classic and the third time the event has been held in Philadelphia.

 

Two-time All-American A.J. Schopp of Edinboro will face Lehigh’s All-American Mason Beckman at 133 pounds in a rematch of last year’s All-Star Classic tilt, won by Beckman 5-1.

 

Schopp, a senior, will make his third straight appearance in the All-Star Classic. In 2012, Schopp defeated Minnesota’s Chris Dardanes 2-1 at 133 pounds. It’ll also be the fourth straight year an Edinboro wrestler has been selected for the event.

 

“Every time these two wrestlers get on the mat with one another, it’s going to be a hard-fought battle,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Edinboro coach Tim Flynn and Lehigh coach Pat Santoro have always been supportive of the All-Star Classic and we’re excited to have these two wrestlers meet on the mat again.”

 

Schopp was the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Division I Championships last year and finished the season with a 35-3 record en route to a fourth-place finish at 133 pounds. Beckman, a junior, finished last season 28-6, was the No. 6 seed at the NCAA’s and finished in sixth place at the same weight.

 

Beckman’s 3-2 all-time against Schopp, with the two splitting matches while they were in high school and Beckman winning a freestyle match between the two at the 2012 University Nationals. Schopp picked up the most recent win, beating Beckman 5-0 at the Midlands in December of 2013.

 

To purchase tickets to the event, click here for the Penn Athletic Ticket Office.

 

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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

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

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Showcase Matchups

To Be Announced