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|Meeks and Schiller Accept All-Star Classic Invitations at 197 Pounds|
By Kacie Albert ELSM
WASHINGTON D.C. - The 197lb match at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic will feature All-Americans Scott Schiller of the University of Minnesota and Taylor Meeks of Oregon State University.
Schiller began his career with Gopher Wrestling as a redshirt freshman in 2010. During his first collegiate season Schiller won the North Country Open and placed second at both the Husky Open and Kaufman-Board Open, notching upsets in all three competitions.
The following year, in addition to winning titles at the UNI Open, Husky Open and North Country Open, Schiller made his debut as a Gopher during the Purdue duals where we earned a 21-6 victory via a technical fall.
In his redshirt sophomore season, Schiller saw a more consistent position in the Gopher starting lineup. Throughout the season Schiller wrestled to a 29-6 overall record, 16-1 dual meet record and 8-0 undefeated Big Ten record.
During his first trip to the post season Schiller finished second at the Big Ten Championships and earned a bid to the NCAA National Championships. At the championships Schiller finished fifth after notching several upsets, earning All-American honors.
As a redshirt freshman Meeks competed unattached during the 2010-2011 season at 184lbs. Meeks wrestled to two open titles at the Mike Clock Open and Cal Open and a second place finish at the Southern Oregon Open.
During his first official season as a Beaver, Meeks competed at both 184 and 197lbs in a starting position. Meeks began his debut season notching 11 consecutive victories. During the season Meeks recorded a 20-11 overall record and qualified for the NCAA Championships after a second place finish at the Pac-12 Championships.
As a redshirt sophomore Meeks competed at 197 pounds and continued his success from the past season. During the regular season Meeks logged six and eight match winning streaks on his way to a 36-7 overall record, going 14-1 in dual competition.
In the post season Meeks won his first Pac-12 Championship and earned his second trip to the NCAA Championship. At the championship Meeks wrestled to a fourth place finish, earning All-American honors.
The All-Star Classic will take place on November 2nd at 7:15pm on the campus of George Mason University. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the Ticketmaster website. For more information on the All-Star Classic, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA on Facebook and Twitter.
About the NWCA
Founded in 1928, the NWCA strives to promote and provide leadership for the advancement of amateur wrestling, primarily at the scholastic and collegiate levels. The association is headquartered in Manheim Pa. The three core competencies are coaching development, student-wrestler welfare, and promotion/advocacy. The NWCA has 10,000 members and educational programs that serve 230,000 students each year.
About George Mason University (GMU)
Was established in 1957 and obtained university status in 1972. George Mason University is located in Fairfax Virginia has 32,000 students. The GMU wrestling program has a rich tradition as evidenced by having advanced 41 different wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Championships, two wrestlers achieved All American status one time and one wrestler achieved All American status two times. The head coach is Joe Russell and he is in his 2nd year.
About Wrestlers in Business Network (WIBN)
The WIBN-Washington DC Chapter consists of prominent business leaders in the Washington DC metropolitan region. The organization was originally formed in September 2012 under the name of the Greater Washington Wrestlers in Business Network and more recently merged with the Wrestlers in Business Network (headquartered in Cleveland OH) to form a national Wrestlers in Business Network. The purpose of this organization is to support amateur wrestling activities in major cities across America.