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Georgia selected to wrestle in the 43rd Annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

01/18/2017, 2:00pm EST
By Robert M. Horton

The first appearance in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic for Georgia!!

For Immediate Release

Georgia selected for first appearance in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
on Saturday, March 25, 2017!!

Pittsburgh, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) will host the 43rd Annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh Fitzgerald Field House.

The Wrestling Classic – known as “The Rose Bowl of Wrestling” – is the most prestigious high school all-star wrestling meet in the United States. It attracts the best high school seniors in the country, Pennsylvania and another guest state all-star team in the two dual meet format. The preliminary meet pits the best wrestlers from Western Pennsylvania, or WPIAL, against the Georgia All-Stars at 4:00 PM. The feature match showcases the best-of-the-best high school wrestlers from across the United States challenging the reigning Pennsylvania state champs follows at 6:00 PM.

This will be the first time Georgia is competing in the Wrestling Classic as a team. The Wrestling Classic fans have been entertained by many great wrestlers hailing from the Peach state including Sean Hage who was voted Team USA Outstanding Wrestler Award in 1995 helping the USA Team to a 25-16 win. Prior to Sean, his older brother Scott Hage was the first Georgian in The Classic in 1991.  Witt Durden, from Dublin in 1998, Chris Rodrigues, from Marietta in 2000 and Drake McCoy, from Fayette County in 2005, lost to their PA All-Star opponents.   Most recently, Chip Ness, from Buford, helped the USA All-Star Team win his victory at 195 lbs. in 2014.

Robert Horton, State Chairman of Georgia Amateur Wrestling Association is organizing the GA All-Star Team. “The Georgia wrestling community is very excited and honored to compete in this prestigious event showcasing America’s best high school seniors. We have a very strong senior class with several nationally ranked wrestlers. I’m confident our kids will be ready to challenge the best wrestlers from the WPIAL.”


More information on the plans to assemble the Georgia all-star team will be communicated at .

Each year, 3,000 enthusiastic spectators watch the country’s future NCAA, World and Olympic champions compete head-to-head while thousands watch remotely via FLOwrestling live broadcast.  Proceeds from the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic benefit a youth wrestling program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania through the Dapper Dan Youth Sports Leagues.

Tickets for the event will be made available in January 2017. More information can found at or at


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Robert Horton


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