2016-17 NHSCA/USA TODAY Preseason Super 25 High School Wrestling Rankings

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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), 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 (St. Paris, Ohio, led by 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Coach of the Year Jeff Jordan, is No. 6.

Pennsylvania teams occupy three of the next four slots: No. 7 Malvern Prep  No. 8 Bethlehem Catholic and No. 10 Nazareth. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) is No. 9.

RELATED: 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Wrestling Teams

In all, 12 states are represented, led by four teams each from Ohio and Pennsylvania, three each from California and Illinois and two each from New Jersey, Oklahoma and Colorado.

The season kicks off with the Walsh Ironman at Walsh Jesuit High School (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) on Dec. 9-10.

The first in-season rankings will be published Dec. 14

*Editor’s Note: High School Football America co-produces the NHSCA/USA TODAY Preseason Super 25 High School Wrestling Rankings in partnership with the National High School Coaches Association.

NHSCA/USA TODAY Preseason Super 25 High School Wrestling Rankings

#1 Blair Academy

Blairstown, New Jersey

15-16 Ranking: #1

#2 St. Edward 

Lakewood, Ohio

15-16 Ranking: #7

#3 Lake Highland Prep

Orlando, Florida

15-16 Ranking: #11

#4 Buchanan

Clovis, California

15-16 Ranking: #6

#5 Clovis

Clovis, California

15-16 Ranking: #9

#6 Graham (14-0)

St. Paris, Ohio

15-16 Ranking: #3

#7 Malvern Prep (14-1)

Malvern, Pennsylvania

15-16 Ranking: #23

#8 Bethlehem Catholic

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

15-16 Ranking: #5

#9 Bergen Catholic

Oradell, New Jersey

15-16 Ranking: #4

#10 Nazareth

Nazareth, Pennsylvania

16-17 Ranking: #21

#11 Detroit Catholic Central

Detroit, Michigan

15-16 Ranking: NR

#12 Olentangy Liberty

Powell, Ohio

15-16 Ranking: NR

#13 Brownsburg

Brownsburg, Indiana

15-16 Ranking: NR

#14 Elyria

Elyria, Ohio

15-16 Ranking: #18

#15 Wyoming Seminary

Kingston, Pennsylvania

15-16 Ranking: #2

#16 Oak Park River Forest

Oak Park, Illinois

15-16 Ranking: #8

#17 Poway

Poway, California

15-16 Ranking: #13

#18 Allen

Allen, Texas

15-16 Ranking: NR

#19 Choctaw

Choctaw, Oklahoma

15-16 Ranking: NR

#20 Washington Community

Washington, Illinois

15-16 Ranking: #15

#21 Pueblo County

Pueblo, Colorado

15-16 Ranking: NR

#22 Tuttle

Tuttle, Oklahoma

15-16 Ranking: #12

#23 Pomona

Arvada, Colorado

15-16 Ranking: NR

#24 Lockport

Lockport, Illinois

15-16 Ranking: NR

#25 Valley

West Des Moines, Iowa

15-16 Ranking: NR

Honorable Mention

Anoka, Minnesota

Apple Valley, Minnesota

Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Ohio

Camden County, Georgia

Gilroy, California

Goddard, Kansas

Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota

Long Beach, New York

Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Southeast Polk, Iowa

 

 

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America.Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet.Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.