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Blair Academy (N.J.) starts Super 25 wrestling rankings where it ended -- No. 1

Friday, November 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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Defending national champion Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) begins 2016-17 as the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY/National High School Coaches Association Preseason Super 25 wrestling rankings.

 

The Buccaneers enter the season with four wrestlers who won National Prep School Wrestling individual championships last year as Blair won its 35th national prep championship in the last 36 years.

RANKINGS:  Click for the full Super 25

Blair’s top wrestler is Chase Singletary, who committed to Ohio State last month.  Singletary is considered the nation’s top-ranked 220-pounder.

Blair’s other returning national prep champs are Michael Colaiocco (106 pounds), Chris Cannon (113 pounds) and Andrew Merola (145 pounds).

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) check in at No. 2 in the preseason Super 25.  The Eagles are coming- ff their 32nd Ohio state wrestling championship and were No. 7 in the final 2015-16 rankings.

Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Florida), No. 11 in the final rankings last season, is No. 3, followed by Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) and Clovis (Calif.) to round out the Top 5.

RELATED:  Final 2015-16 Super 25 wrestling rankings

Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio secured the number 6 spot.

Pennsylvania teams occupy three of the next four slots with Malvern Prep taking the 7th spot. Perennial power Bethlehem Catholic is the 8th ranked team while the Nazareth Blue Eagles round out the top 10. New Jersey's Bergen Catholic enters the upper echelon at number 9.

Overall, 12 states are represented in the Top 25. Ohio and Pennsylvania lead the way with four. California and Illinois have three teams each and New Jersey, Oklahoma and Colorado boast two teams respectively.

 

The season kicks off with many great events the weekend of December 9-10, including one of the nation's elite events, the Ironman at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

The first in-season rankings will be published December 14th.


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