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Blair Academy remains No. 1 in Super 25 despite loss to Wyoming Seminary

Wednesday, January 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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Let the debate begin over what means more in the national high school wrestling rankings — tournaments or dual matches?


Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ), No. 1 in USATODAY/National High School Coaches Super 25 High School Wrestling Rankings since the start of the season, is still the top team in the latest rankings, but the Buccaneers suffered their first defeat last Friday against No. 9 Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, PA) 31-27.  It was the third straight year in this heated rivalry that the No. 1 team going into the match, lost on its home mat.


Now to the answer of why Blair remains No. 1. The Bucs lost by four points, but they gave-up six points at 113-pounds when national prep champ Michael Colaiocco, the favorite in his match against Mosha Schwartz, lost by injury default. The Bucs may have lost team bonus points at 160 with national prep champ Anthony Merola not wrestling.  Blair’s Julian Ramirez won a 6-1 decision in Merola’s absence.


So, Blair remains the top team in the nation on the strength of its impressive wins at Ohio’s Ironman, Delaware’s Beast of the East and the Geary Invitational in Oklahoma.


On Sunday, Blair’s ranking will be put to the test again as it will wrestle No. 8 Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA) and No. 10 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ) in pool action at the Who’s #1 Duals in Easton, Pennsylvania.  Depending on how Blair does in its pool matches, it could face No. 4 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, FL) or No. 7 Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, PA) in the championship round.


The eight-team event was scheduled for the Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but had to be moved about 50 miles north.


Another big match this week is Saturday in Ohio where No. 3 St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) faces No. 6 Graham (St. Paris, OH).  St. Ed’s is coming-off an impressive 36-30 win over No. 16 Detroit Catholic Central (MI) last weekend.


No. 5 Clovis (CA) prepared for its showdown next week with No. 2 Buchanan (Clovis, CA) by winning seven dual matches against teams from New Jersey, including a 30-29 win against No. 10 Bergen Catholic.  Buchanan won the Tim Brown Memorial in California with six individual champs.


Super 25


#1 Blair Academy

Blairstown, New Jersey

Record: (0-1)

LW: #1


#2 Buchanan

Clovis, California

Record: (6-1)

LW: #2


Notes: Won Tim Brown Memorial in California with six individual champs


#3 St. Edward

Lakewood, Ohio

Record: (16-1)

LW: #3


#4 Lake Highland Prep

Orlando, Florida

Record: (0-0)

LW: #4


5. Clovis

Clovis, California

Record: (7-0)

LW: #5


#6 Graham

St. Paris, Ohio

Record: (8-0)

LW: #6


#7 Bethlehem Catholic

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Record: (6-0)

LW: #7


#8 Malvern Prep

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Record: (5-0)

LW: #8


Notes: Won team championship at Escape the Rock Tournament in Pennsylvania


#9 Wyoming Seminary

Kingston, Pennsylvania

Record: (12-1)

LW: #10


#10 Bergen Catholic

Oradell, New Jersey

Record: (2-1)

LW: #10


11 Olentangy Liberty

Powell, Ohio

Record: (1-1)

LW: #11


#12 Park Hill

Kansas City, Missouri

Record: (9-2)

LW: #12


#13 Tuttle

Tuttle, Oklahoma

Record: (2-0)

LW: #13


#14 Nazareth

Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Record: (11-0)

LW: #14


#15 Elyria

Elyria, Ohio

Record: (7-0)

LW: #15


#16 Detroit Catholic Central

Detroit, Michigan

Record: (18-1)

LW: #16


#17 Allen

Allen, Texas

Record: (5-0)

LW: #17


Notes: won 9th straight Texas Team Dual Championship


#18 Poway

Poway, California

Record: (6-0)

LW: #18


#19 Sand Springs

Sand Springs, OK

Record: (1-0)

LW: #19


#20 Kiski Area

Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Record: (7-0)

LW: #20


#21 Pueblo County

Pueblo, Colorado

Record: (0-0)

LW: #21


#22 Choctaw

Choctaw, Oklahoma

Record: (1-0)

LW: #22


#23 Montini Catholic

Lombard, Illinois

Record: (13-2)

LW: #23


#24 Brownsburg

Brownsburg, Indiana

Record: (4-0)

LW: #24


#25 Mount Carmel

Chicago, Illinois

Record: (17-2)

LW: #25


Dropped-out: #22 Pomona (Colorado), #23 Kasson-Mantorville (Minnesota), #25 Lockport (Illinois)


Honorable Mention or Teams to Watch:


Anoka, MN

Apple Valley, MN

Brecksville-Broadview Heights, OH

Camden County, GA

Lockport Twp. IL

Long Beach, NY

Northampton, PA

Oak Park River Forest, IL

Pomona, CO

Roseburg, OR

Shakopee, MN

Southeast Polk, IA

Valley, IA

Wadsworth, OH

Washington Community, IL




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