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NY's Piccininni to Compete in All-Star Classic vs NCAA Champ Cruz

By BV, 10/03/17, 10:30PM EDT


Ward Melville High School graduate Nick Piccininni, who earned All-American honors in his freshman season for Oklahoma State, will be returning to the Tri-State area on November 5.

Piccininni will take on 2017 NCAA champion Darian Cruz of Lehigh at the 52nd NWCA All-Star Classic, which will take place on the campus of Princeton University in New Jersey.

Piccininni, a four-time NYS champion from Long Island, won 27 bouts last season for the Cowboys, taking fourth at the NCAA tournament after entering as the #8 seed at 125 pounds. 

Cruz captured the championship at that weight after upsetting top-seeded Thomas Gilman of Iowa in the semis and following with a victory against Minnesota's Ethan Lizak in the finals. 

It will be the first meeting between the two wrestlers, according to the NWCA.

Another announced matchup at the All-Star event pits Simon Fraser's Mallory Velte against Desiree Zavala in the 143 pound women's contest.

Ticket information can be found here.

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