Sauer to replace Fox at All-Star Classic
By Jason Bryant
Returning All-American Wade Sauer of Cal State-Fullerton has been selected to replace Northwestern’s Dustin Fox at the 42nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps on November 19 in Eugene, Ore.
Sauer, a junior, placed sixth at the NCAA Championships last year for Coach Dan Hicks’ squad and finished the season with a 30-13 record.
From Grass Valley, Calif., Sauer started his college career at Fresno State and transferred to Fullerton after the Bulldog wrestling program was dropped. Ironically, he defeated his former teammate at Fresno, Cody Parker, in the consolations at the NCAA Championships last season en route to his sixth-place finish. Parker was wrestling for Cal Poly.
Among Sauer’s wins at the NCAA tournament last year: Kyle Massey of Wisconsin, Parker, Reece Hopkin of Northern Colorado, Dustin Rogers of West Virginia and Payam Zarrinpour of Sacred Heart.
Sauer is the first-ever representative from Cal State-Fullerton in the NWCA All-Star Classic.
Fox withdrew after suffering an injury while competing last weekend.
Cal State-Fullerton coach Dan Hicks was a two-time participant in the NWCA All-Star Classic as a wrestler for Oregon State. He defeated Sam Komar of Indiana 7-4 in 1978 when the event was hosted at Franklin & Marshall. In 1979, he defeated Michigan State’s Jeff Therrian 6-3 when the event was held in Corvallis.
Preseason rankings noted
125: #1 Paul Donahoe (Nebraska) vs. #4 Jayson Ness (Minnesota)
133: #1 Coleman Scott (Oklahoma State) vs. #2 Tyler McCormick (Missouri)
141: #2 Charles Griffin (Hofstra) vs. #3 Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma State)
149: #1 Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota) vs. #2 Josh Churella (Michigan)
157: #2 Craig Henning (Wisconsin) vs. #3 Mike Poeta (Illinois)
165: #2 Eric Tannenbaum (Michigan) vs. #3 Patrick Pitsch (Arizona State)
174: #1 Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh) vs. #2 Matt Stolpinski (Navy)
184: #1 Jake Varner (Iowa State) vs. #2 Roger Kish (Minnesota)
197: #2 Phil Davis (Penn State) vs. #3 Mike Tamillow (Northwestern)
285: #1 (D2) Tervel Dlagnev (Neb.-Kearney) vs. #3 (D1) Wade Sauer (Cal State-Fullerton)
125: #1 (NAIA) Trevor Lofstedt (Southern Oregon) vs. Jake Gonzales (Oregon State)
174: Ron Lee (Oregon) vs. Luke Feist (Stanford)