2023 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

Rocco Welsh versus Josh Barr in 49th Annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

Rocco Welsh versus Josh Barr in 49th Annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

Josh Barr and Rocco Welsh are set to meet for the third time in a year at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

Feb 6, 2023 by David Bray

Pittsburgh, PA – The country's two highest-ranked 170 lbs. seniors will face one another in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Rocco Welsh will wrestle Josh Barr in the PA versus USA All-Star feature dual meet.

FloWrestling’s Pound-for-Pound top 30 high school wrestlers has Welsh, from Waynesburg, PA ranked #9, while Barr, from Davison, Michigan, is ranked #10.

In July, Barr defeated Welsh at Junior Nationals in what many considered the most thrilling match of the 2022 Fargo finals. It was Barr’s second Fargo title.

Josh Barr breaks down his Fargo final against Rocco Welsh


Welsh revenged the loss by defeating Barr in FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 in September.

Barr & Welsh's Who's Number One thriller


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Welsh captured two big championships in December winning the Iron Man and PowerAde Tournaments. He is on a mission to be a 4x PIAA state finalist and claim his second PIAA state championship after falling in the finals in 2020 and 2021.

Barr captured three tournament titles in December, The Grappler Gold Invitational, the Carnahan Memorial Invitational, and Brecksville Holiday Invitational Tournament and is pursuing his 3rd Michigan state title.

“This is being referred to as the rubber match for these two elite wrestlers. We’re sure they’ll provide the wrestling fans with a great match. The Welsh vs. Barr rivalry may continue into college since both are attending Big 10 schools. Welsh will travel west to Ohio State while Barr will travel east to Penn State” said Phil Mary, Co-Director. Visit our web site, FaceBook page and Twitter account for more information.

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