Jones Accepts All-Star Classic Bid

By Tim Goodenow
WVU Sports Information office

November 9, 2004

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University wrestler Greg Jones has accepted an invitation to compete in the 39th annual United States Marine Corps/National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic on November 22, on the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Jones, a senior, makes his third NWCA All-Star Classic appearance that pits the nation’s top two ranked wrestlers at each weight class in a dual meet format.

The event is usually held in the first week of February, just over one month before the NCAA Division I Championships. This year’s All-Star Classic will help kickoff the collegiate wrestling season with College Sports Television televising the meet.

Two-time NCAA champion Jones will face Iowa All-American Paul Bradley. The two grapplers met in the semifinals of the 2004 NCAA Championships with Jones earning an 8-3 decision.

Jones is 2-0 all-time in NWCA All-Star matches. In 2003, he defeated Oklahoma State’s Chris Pendleton, 7-3. Last year, Jones scored a 10-6 victory over Northern Illinois’ Ben Heizer.

Tentative Lineup for 39th annual USMC/NWCA All-Star Classic:
125: Nick Simmons, Michigan State vs. Sam Hazewinkel, Oklahoma
133: Travis Lee, Cornell vs. Darrell Vasquez, Cal Poly Tech
141: Teyon Ware, Oklahoma vs. Cory Cooperman, Lehigh
149: Zach Esposito, Oklahoma State vs. Dustin Manotti, Cornell
149: Joe Rujawitz, SIUE vs. Chad Swagman, Truman State University (Exhibition)
157: Jake Percival, Ohio vs. Ryan Bertin, Michigan
165: Troy Letters, Lehigh vs. David Bolyard, Central Michigan
174: Ben Askren, Missouri vs. Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State
174: Georg Kirgan, Northern Illinois vs. Geise, Missouri Valley (Exhibition)
184: Greg Jones, West Virginia vs. Paul Bradley, Iowa
197: J.D. Bergman, Ohio State vs. John Trenge, Lehigh
285: Steve Mocco, Oklahoma State vs. Cole Konrad, Minnesota

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