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#1 Blair Academy edges #5 Wyoming Seminary to capture 13th Annual NHSCA Final Four Festival

Monday, January 20, 2014  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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Blair Academy (NJ) wins its 8th straight NHSCA Final Four Title  

Easton, PA – January 14, 2013 – The championship match of the 13th annual NHSCA Final Four Wrestling Festival was the match-up everyone wanted to see; two perennial power houses in head to head competition. Top-ranked Blair Academy out of Blairstown, NJ and #5 Wyoming Seminary hailing from Kingston, PA was all the crowd wanted and more.  

The Blair Buccaneers, which has now claimed their eighth straight NHSCA Final Four title, edged the Blue Knights of Wyoming Seminary 27-24. Seminary took a 21-15 lead in the match after John Busiello defeated Zach Sherman 1-0 at 106 pounds but could not hold off the Bucs. 

Blair regained the lead on three consecutive wins at 113, 120 and 126.  Chas Tucker’s 11-3 major victory at 113 put Blair back in front 22-21.  Matt Kolodzik’s tech fall at 126 brought the match down to the final bout between Blair’s Alex Rinandi and Will Verallis of Seminary.   Verallis needed to pin Rinaldi to send the match to criteria, but all he could manage was a 2-0 decision, which ended an incredible day of wrestling with Blair remaining unbeaten with a 27-24 heart-stopping victory.  

Neither Blair nor Wyoming Seminary had much trouble advancing to the championship match.  Blair beat Tunkhannock (PA) 79-0 and Bishop McDevitt (PA) 67-6 in their pool matches, while Wyoming Seminary beat its pool opponents: Benton (PA) 55-6, Pennsbury (PA) 79-0 and East Stroudsburg South (PA) 68-6.  

Wyoming Seminary coasted into the finals with a bye the first round and an impressive 62-3 victory over the Rockets of Spring Grove (PA) to advance to the championship.  Blair beat Bermudian Springs (PA) 57-12 in the quarterfinals and then topped Wyoming Valley West (Pennsylvania) 59-6 to set-up the showdown with Seminary.  

The pool champs were: Bermudian Springs, Blair Academy, DePaul Catholic (NJ), Spring Grove, Wyoming Seminary and Wyoming Valley West.  

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