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WASHINGTON D.C. – The 285-pound weight class match at the 2012 All Star Classic will feature Dom Bradley of Missouri and Mike McMullan of Northwestern, in a match pitting the previous third-place finishers against each other.

In 2010-11, Bradley was a first-year starter and recorded the highest winning percentage on his team with a 30-4 overall record, going 19-3 at duals. Bradley was Missouri’s first Big 12 Heavyweight champion and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships.

However, Bradley elected to take an Olympic redshirt during the 2011-2012 season and did not wrestle the collegiate season.

McMullan, began his collegiate wrestling career during the 2011-2012 season where he won the second-most matches out of any Wildcat with a record of 29-11 overall and won the third-most matches out of any Wildcat during duals with a record of 11-3. McMullan earned All-American status during his freshman season and was given the first Jake Herbert Freshman of the Year trophy.

“We are excited to have Mike wrestling in the All Star Classic,” said Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano. “It is an important step for the season as this event serves as a kick off for college wrestling. It is a spotlight event and in many instances it can be a preview of the match-ups that will happen in the NCAA finals.”

The matchup between two active heavyweights, who have never previously met, is sure to bring excitement for spectators as both wrestlers are explosive competitors who like to put points up on the board.

“We have two top notch wrestlers at the heavyweight division that will put on a great show for wrestling fans. I amcertain that this match-up will help make the All Star Classic a better event for wrestling fans,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer.

With this match set, fans can now look forward to future acceptances at the eight other weight classes featured in the event.

The All-Star Classic will occur on November 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Bender Arena on the campus of American University in Washington D.C. To purchase tickets to the event visit American University’s website at http://aueagles.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=507577. For more information on the event, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA Facebook and Twitter pages.

The NWCA Classic serves as a premier event to help grow the sport of wrestling. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the sport in the Washington DC area.

About the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.
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