Sun Devil Wrestler Patrick Pitsch Selected for NWCA All-Star Classic

Oct. 29, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - Patrick Pitsch, a senior 165-pound wrestler on the Arizona State University wrestling team, has been invited to compete in the 42nd Annual National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps that will take place November 19 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., the Association announced Monday. The Classic, an exhibition event pitting the top wrestlers of each weight class against one another, will feature 10 bouts (one at each collegiate weight) and six of the top-ranked wrestlers in the nation.

Pitsch, a senior from Spanaway, Wash., enters the season ranked No. 3 according to the Intermat/NWCA preseason individual rankings for 165 pounds and will face No. 2 Eric Tannenbaum of Michigan in the Classic. According to several other ranking services, Tannenbaum is the consensus national No. 2 behind returning NCAA champion Mark Perry of Iowa while Pitsch is ranked among the Top 5 in all four services, including No. 3 in a pair of rankings.

The two-time defending Pac-10 champion at 165 pounds, Pitsch holds a career record of 68-38 in his three years in Tempe and will be looking for his first All-America honor this season. One of the Sun Devils' captains for the 2007-08 season, Pitsch has faced Tannenbaum once in his career, falling in an 8-3 decision in the semifinals of the Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational last year.

Pitsch is the 21st different Sun Devil to be included in the All-Star Classic and the first to compete at 165 pounds since 2000 when the late Steve Blackford scored a 13-1 major decision over Boise State's Kirk White. The last time a Sun Devil competed in the event was last year when Brian Stith dropped a 2-1 decision to Iowa State's Trent Paulson at 157 pounds. Overall, ASU wrestlers hold a 10-12-1 record in the event with three no-contests due to injury.

For more information on the All-Star Classic, including ticket information, visit: http://www.nwcaonline.com/allstarclassic.cfm.

42nd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the U.S. Marine Corps
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: #1 Paul Donahoe (Nebraska) vs. #4 Jayson Ness (Minnesota)
133: #1 Coleman Scott (Oklahoma State) vs. #2 Tyler McCormick (Missouri)
141: #2 Charles Griffin (Hofstra) vs. #3 Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma State)
149: #1 Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota) vs. #2 Josh Churella (Michigan)
157: #2 Craig Henning (Wisconsin) vs. #3 Mike Poeta (Illinois)
165: #2 Eric Tannenbaum (Michigan) vs. #3 Patrick Pitsch (Arizona State)
174: #1 Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh) vs. #2 Matt Stolpinski (Navy)
184: #1 Jake Varner (Iowa State) vs. #2 Roger Kish (Minnesota)
197: #2 Phil Davis (Penn State) vs. #3 Mike Tamillow (Northwestern)
285: #1 (D2) Tervel Dlagnev (Neb.-Kearney) vs. #1 (D1) Dustin Fox (Northwestern)

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