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By Bill X. Barron – RMN Events Writer
The National Wrestling Coaches Association’s 53rd Annual All-Star Classic is coming to Denver Colo., on November 2 at 6:30 pm. This year’s hosts are RMN Events and NUWAY, who will infuse over $150,000 in production and promotion that will rival any professional MMA event while TrackWrestling will livestream the entire event and help kick off the 2018-19 season in style!
Featuring an elevated mat, as seen during the NCAA Division I Championship Finals, surrounded by tables as well as up to 5000 spectators in the stands, this spectacular production promises to be a prime showcase for the best college wrestling talent. For the second year, the event will feature top tier men’s and women’s collegiate wrestlers in a dual meet format. Many of these matchups could be a prelude to the national championship finals at the end of the year.
The legendary National Western Complex will house “The Classic” on the eve and site of RMN Event’s wildly popular Monster Match, a national event that features K-12 youth wrestlers from across the country. Together, RMN Events and NUWAY organize almost thirty large youth wrestling tournaments, each with anywhere from 1000 to 3500 participants from over forty states, in coast-to-coast sites reaching from Atlantic City, N.J., to Anaheim, Calif., as well as from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to Lansing, Mich.
“The NWCA is thrilled to bring its signature All-Star Classic to Denver,” states NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “This event features many of our top men’s and women’s collegiate wrestlers in an exciting dual meet format. There is no doubt that RMN Events and NUWAY will host a spectacular event.”
Wrestlers in Business Network (WIBN)-Denver Chapter will serve as one of the event sponsors. Kevin Brooks proclaims: “As the Chair of the Denver Wrestlers in Business Network, we are extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of the All-Star Classic on November 2nd. We will be supporting Ed Gutierrez and Rocky Mountain National Events for what will be a superlative event for all of wrestling. The State of Colorado Wrestling Community is humbled by the NWCA putting their trust in us to coordinate a national caliber event.”
Rocky Mountain National Events, under the leadership of CEO Ed Gutierrez, has 20 years of experience hosting top quality and high-volume events, which are superbly entertaining as well as featuring tomorrow’s stars who will one day compete as college wrestlers in this All-Star Classic.
“Our goal at RMN Events is to inspire, encourage, and recognize the next leaders of our great country,” said Gutierrez. “This event will not only highlight the best college wrestlers, but also provide an opportunity for Colorado’s elite youth to share some of that limelight.”
NUWAY’s Founder Dave Dean brings his leadership in support of the Classic. “I am truly excited about the production value and knowledge that Ed and RMN Events brings in putting on high level, MMA-style experiences that have revolutionized the sport of wrestling. Through Ed’s guidance, we are featuring the best wrestling in a way that most connects with our fans.”
University of Northern Colorado’s wrestling program under the leadership of head coach Troy Nickerson, who will also serve as a host for this prestigious event.
“The University of Northern Colorado is extremely happy to partner with RMN Events and WIBN-Denver in bringing the 2018 NWCA All-Star Classic to the state of Colorado,” Nickerson said. “Wrestling is on the upswing here in the state; by showcasing some of the best wrestling our country has to offer, it is a great opportunity to promote the sport. We look forward to hosting some excellent matches and making this a first-class event.”
In addition, this event will also feature the very best elementary, middle, and high school male wrestlers in the country. This unique format will pit top-rated competitors from across the nation against their counterparts from Colorado. One high school match-up pairs Dominick Serrano (2-time Colorado state champion, Fargo Cadet 2018 freestyle champ at 126 lbs.) versus Jesse Ybarra (2-time Arizona state champion, Fargo Cadet 2018 120-lb. freestyle champ). Keep your eyes and ears open as the competitors and matchups will be released throughout the Fall in the leadup to the event.
Tickets, with several seating options including front row VIP table seating that offers drinks and finger food, as well as seats in the stands will soon be available for sale on the RMN Events website, www.rmnevents.com. Get yours before they run out!