BOISE, Idaho - On Friday (Oct. 22) the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced that its 45th annual All-Star Classic will feature at least one Boise State wrestler, as Andrew Hochstrasser is set to square off against Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver at the prestigious fund raising event.
The NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the Marines annually pits the nation's top collegiate wrestlers at each weight class head-to-head in a one-day wrestling event. This year's All-Star Classic, which will be held at Selland Arena in Fresno, Calif., is scheduled for Nov. 21. Proceeds from the event go toward helping to save collegiate wrestling programs.
Starting on Thursday (Oct. 21) the NWCA began announcing its' 10 matchups for the 2010 All-Star Classic. Friday it was released that No. 2 nationally ranked Hochstrasser will meet No. 1 Oliver in the 133-pound match. The rankings are based on the Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine preseason polls.
Hochstrasser, a senior from Tooele, Utah (Tooele HS), returns for his final season at Boise State after wrestling sparingly in 2009-10. He started his junior season 9-0 before being sidelined due to personal reasons. Hochstrasser was a NCAA All-American as a sophomore after wrestling to a third-place finish at the 2009 national championships. He is only the sixth Boise State wrestler to compete in the All-Star Classic and the first since 2002 when Ben VomBaur wrestled at 125 pounds.
The showdown with Oliver will mark the first meeting between the two wrestlers. Oliver, a redshirt-sophomore from Easton, Pa., enters the 2010-11 season as the nation's top ranked 133-pound wrestler after placing fourth at the NCAA Championships last spring.
Boise State will now await news of whether or not any other Bronco wrestlers will be joining Hochstrasser at the All-Star Classic. The NWCA will continue to announce one matchup each day through Nov. 3. For more information about the tournament, purchasing tickets and NWCA fundraising events visit www.nwcaonline.com's event page. To donate to the effort to save collegiate wrestling programs, visit http://nwca.ticketleap.net.