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All-Star Classic feature matches highlight MIT Standout Sam Shames

10/25/2012 -

WASHINGTON D.C. Four local athletes, along with their four notable opponents, will be featured prior to the ten marquee bouts at the 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps and hosted by American University.

The 133-pound bout will feature Travis Barroquillo of Indiana Institute of Technology wrestling Sam Shames of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Barroquillo will enter his sophomore year with a career record of 32-12. In his freshman season, he earned All-American status with a fourth place finish at the NAIA National Championships. Barroquillo led the Warriors last season in escape points with 49 and received the team Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Shames also had an impressive season with a 29-1 record and championship finishes at the Groundhog Day Tournament and the Doug Parker Invitational. He ended the season with a second place finish at the 2012 NCWA National Championships.

The 149-pound bout will highlight two seniors, Kevin Tao of American University and Kodie Silvestri of Wartburg College.

Tao completed his 2011-2012 season 19-16 overall and 8-7 in duals. He came in second in the 149-pound class at the EIWA Championship and was an NCAA Championship qualifier. Tao led the Eagles last season with a high of eight major decisions.

Silvestri finished his first NCAA Division III season 22-2 overall. In the Division III Championship, he upset two-time champ Bebeto Yewah in route to his first title. Silvestri was one of four Knights to gain individual weight class titles; ultimately, clenching Wartburg their ninth national title.

The 285-pound bout will feature Jake Kettler of George Mason University wrestling against Matt Meuleners of Northern State University.

Kettler, a transfer from the University of Minnesota, will kick off his inaugural year as a Patriot with a 14-7 overall record. Last year, his talent took him all the way to the 2012 USA Olympic Trials where he was a qualifier at the final trials.

Meuleners, a redshirt senior, completed his junior season with an overall record of 32-2 and was named NSIC Player of the Year. He is a two-time NCAA National Champion in the 285 weight class and a three-time All-American. Meuleners participated in University World Team Trials where he wrestled to a third place finish.

And finally, kicking off the event will be a youth match featuring two young, rising wrestling stars, Sam Kalishman of Pointers Run Elementary School against Gene Quodala of Frederick Douglass Elementary School. Kalishman was a 2011 Maryland State Champion at the U8-65 division and a 2012 state finalist at the U10-70 division. Quodala is a two-time Virginia state finalist and was 7th at the 2012 USAW Freestyle Nationals at 70 pounds.

The NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps will occur on November 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Bender Arena on the campus of American University in Washington D.C. The NWCA All-Star classic is hosted by the DC Athletic Club and Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network and is also sponsored by Balance Bar.

For more information on the event, visit the NWCA website and follow the NWCA Facebook and Twitter pages.