Ohio State kicks off its wrestling season tomorrow evening versus Navy in Owings Mills, Md., but the first Buckeye match of the season takes place tonight, 1,660 miles west at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Denver.
This guy fires up his season tonight in the 2018 NWCA All-Star Classic, taking on Oklahoma State's Kaid Brock.
— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) November 2, 2018
Senior captain and reigning Big Ten champion Joey McKenna will square off against Oklahoma State standout Kaid Brock during the invitational exhibition; action starts at 9 p.m. and will be streamed live via TrackWrestling.
McKenna is the 22nd Buckeye to take part in the All-Star Classic since 1970. Teammate Kollin Moore was slated to wrestle in last year's event, but scratched due to injury concerns.
Entering his second season as a Buckeye, McKenna has a career record of 79-8, and has twice finished third at the NCAA Tournament. He won the U.S. Open earlier this summer.
Brock is one of a number of talented wrestlers moving up this season. Having tallied a record of 59-9 at 133 pounds, his battle with McKenna will be his first at 141. The Cowboy has 10 victories over All-Americans to his credit over the past three seasons.
McKenna is ranked No. 2 in the country at 141 according to FloWrestling; Brock is No. 4 after finishing 5th at the NCAA Tournament in March and earning his second All-American finish.