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Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow, left, and Northern Iowa’s Drew Foster, right, battle for controls in the 184 pound championship match of the MAC wrestling tournament Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

CEDAR FALLS — University of Northern Iowa junior all-American Drew Foster has been selected to participate in the NWCA All-Star Classic in Princeton, N.J., Nov. 3.

The opponent for Foster, who finished seventh at 184 last year, has not been named.

Sean Stender, in 2004, was the last Panther to be selected to participate in the NWCA All-Star Classic when it was hosted in Cedar Falls. Moza Fay took part in the 2009 Classic, wrestling Colt Sponseller of Ohio State in an exhibition match, in a preliminary match before the main event.

“I think it’s a great honor,” Foster said in a UNI release. “I get a chance to represent UNI, to represent my teammates and my coaches. I am just excited for it. I think this shows what our coaches are doing. They are investing in us. We are investing in each other, and you see guys doing well.

“That’s a testament to what is going on here. We have good guys in the room. I have been asked who I think the best guys are, and I think it’s my practice partners. Those are the guys who are pushing me to be better.”

In addition to the 10-matches featuring the top-returning wrestlers in the nation, there also will be a women’s division.

“He’s No. 3 in most polls right now, which goes to show how far he has come,” head coach Doug Schwab said. “We talked about it as a team yesterday. Last year at this time, the only people who knew Drew Foster were the people in that room. It’s a testament to him and the work he has done and how much he believes in what he is doing and in himself.”

The event will be held Princeton University’s Jadwin Gymnasium.

“I will take it as I usually do,” Foster said. “I am not really going to use it as a measuring stick for the year. I am going to have fun and put on a show.”

Foster is a junior from Burlington majoring in elementary and middle level education.

“It’s time for him to step up to another level, and I know he is really looking forward to the opportunity to not only showcase himself, but also UNI,” Schwab said. “We haven’t had anyone since I’ve been here in the All-Star classic, so to have him in that is huge for him. It’s huge for the program. It really gets your season kicked off.”

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