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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestler Drew Foster has been chosen to compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic 2017 set for 3 p.m. ET Nov. 5.
“I think it’s a great honor,” Foster said. “I get a chance to represent UNI, to represent my teammates and my coaches. I am just excited for it. I think this shows what our coaches are doing. They are investing in us. We are investing in each other, and you see guys doing well.
“That’s a testament to what is going on here. We have good guys in the room. I have been asked who I think the best guys are, and I think it’s my practice partners. Those are the guys who are pushing me to be better.”
Only 20 collegiate male wrestlers nationwide will be competing. There also will be a women’s division.
“He’s No. 3 in most polls right now, which goes to show how far he has come,” head coach Doug Schwab said. “We talked about it as a team yesterday. Last year at this time, the only people who knew Drew Foster were the people in that room. It’s a testament to him and the work he has done and how much he believes in what he is doing and in himself.”
The event will be held Princeton University’s Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey. Foster’s competitor has yet to be announced.
“I will take it as I usually do,” Foster said. “I am not really going to use it as a measuring stick for the year. I am going to have fun and put on a show.”
Foster earned his first All-America title with a seventh-place finish at 184 pounds at the 2017 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships. Foster is a junior from Burlington, Iowa, majoring in elementary and middle level education.
“It’s time for him to step up to another level, and I know he is really looking forward to the opportunity to not only showcase himself, but also UNI,” Schwab said. “We haven’t had anyone since I’ve been here in the all-star classic, so to have him in that is huge for him. It’s huge for the program. It really gets your season kicked off.”
UNI wrestling will open its season Nov. 4 at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, Iowa. The first home dual is set in the West Gym against North Dakota State 2 p.m. CT Nov. 12.
ALL-STAR CLASSIC TICKETS
Fans wishing to attend the All-Star Classic may purchase general admission tickets for $20. A social will run prior to the event and cost $50.
Olympic champions Kyle Snyder, Helen Maroules and Brandon Slay will join two-time NCAA champion Joe Dubuque to conduct a clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Youth of all ages, up to and including graduating high school seniors are eligible for the clinic. The cost is $30 for the clinic or $40 for the clinic and ticket to the all-star match.
“It’s really a showcase of the best guys in the country,” Schwab said. “All eyes are on that dual that day. Hopefully we can get one more guy in. He’s definitely in the hunt for that. We’ll find out soon if we will get him in too. If not, we’ll have Drew going.”
BY THE NUMBERS
- UNI finished 18th at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the highest finish since 2014. The Panthers qualified seven wrestlers, the most since 2014.
- Two All-Americans return for the Panthers, the most since the 2004-05 season. Sophomore Max Thomsen, a La Porte City, Iowa, native, returns after taking fifth at 149 pounds at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Junior Drew Foster finished seventh at 184 pounds.
- UNI returns six qualifiers, the most since 2008-09 when seven returned.
- Under Schwab, UNI has earned eight All-America titles.
- Under Schwab, UNI has earned 35 qualifying spots at the NCAA tournament.
Season tickets are on sale now for $35 and includes the cost of the UNI Open. Cost of the Iowa State vs. UNI dual is $15, and the remaining duals will cost $7 at the door. Fans can call (319) 273-4849 or go online at UNIPanthers.com/tickets.
PANTHERS FROM EAST-WEST ALL-STAR CLASSIC
- 1967 Don Parker (177)
- 1969 Kent Osboe (HWT)
- 1974 Jim Miller (134)
- 1975 Jim Miller (134)
- 1984 John Kriebs (HWT)
- 1988 Mark Schwab (118)
Joel Greenlee (HWT)
- 1989 Joel Greenlee (HWT)
- 1991 Gary Steffensmeier (150)
Rich Powers (177)
- 1992 Rich Powers (177)
- 1993 Justin Greenlee (HWT)
- 2003 Dylan Long (141)
- 2004 Eric Hauan (174)
Dylan Long (141)
Sean Stender (197)