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|Dream Team Classic to feature Team USA vs. Team New Jersey in Williamstown, N.J., April 1|
By Chad Clark Cliff Keen
Ann Arbor, MI- Cliff Keen Athletic and Wrestling USA Magazine are pleased to present the 10th Annual WRESTLING USA / CLIFF KEEN ATHLETIC DREAM TEAM CLASSIC, being held this weekend in Williamstown, New Jersey. This premier high school all-star wrestling event features the top seniors in the country in a dual meet format, matching up an assortment of kids that represent "Team USA," versus the top wrestlers from the host state.
This year, the best wrestlers for the host state will comprise "Team New Jersey."
Since its inception in 1997, The WRESTLING USA / CLIFF KEEN ATHLETIC DREAM TEAM CLASSIC has featured some the top collegiate and Olympic wrestlers in this country's history. Wrestlers such as Cael Sanderson, Teyon Ware, Ryan Bertin, Cole Conrad, The Tirapelle brothers, Eric Tannenbaum, Steve Mocco, Travis Lee, and Ben Askren have donned the singlets of Team USA and their respective home state.
Over the past decade, The WRESTLING USA / CLIFF KEEN ATHLETIC DREAM TEAM CLASSIC has been held in Iowa, Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Texas; to packed gyms! 2006 is New Jersey's turn to showcase the best senior high school wrestlers the country has to offer.
The event will be held this Saturday evening, April 1st, at 5:00 PM in the gymnasium at Williamstown High School in Williamstown, NJ.
The evening will begin with an exhibition dual between all-star teams from Virginia, coached by Frank Lapoli, and a team of New Jersey-based wrestlers.
The main event will follow immediately after. Team USA will be coached by Jerry Winterton, who has coached teams to 12 state titles in North Carolina. Team New Jersey will be coached by legendary Blair Academy coach, Jeff Buxton.
TEAM USA DREAM TEAM ROSTER:
Weight, athlete, hometown, college they will attend
103-Jason Guffey, Muncy, PA (Bloomsburg)
112-Mark Kist, Thor, IA (Iowa State)
119-Ben Ashmore, Greenville, TX (OK State)
125-Mike Thorn, Albertville, MN (Minn.)
130-Bill Murphy, La Grange, CA (VA Tech)
135-Kellon Balum, Herndon, PA (UVA)
140-Lance Palmer, Columbia, OH (OH State)
145-JP O'Connor, Oxford, NY (Harvard)
152-Adam Hall, Bonner, ID (Boise State)
160-Mack Lewnes, Annapolis, MD(Cornell)
171-David Craig, Brandon, FL (Lehigh)
189-Trevor Brandvold, Riv. Falls, WI (WI)
215-Joe Nord, Waconia, MN (Minn.)
275-Kenny Lester, Oviedo, FL (Ariz. State)
TEAM NEW JERSEY ROSTER:
103 Anthony Lebbad, Hopewell Valley
112 Ryan Fullam, Emerson-PR
119 Mike Bastante, Passaic Velley
125 Mike Grey Delbarton (4x state champ)
130 Will Livingston, Kittatinny (state champ)
135 Jordan Burroughs, Winslow Twp (2x state champ)
140 Bryan Tracy, Paulsboro
145 B. Blasco, Blair Academy
152 Darrion Caldwell, Rahway (2x state champ)
160 Alex Caruso, Watchung Hills (state champ)
171 Scott Giffin, Eastern (05 state champ)
189 Keith Dobbish, Lodi (state champ)
215 Jack Corcaran, St. Joe Hamm. (state champ)
275 Powers, Blair Academy
Coach: Jeff Buton, Blair Academy