Buchanan (California) jumps to #2 in NEW NHSCA/USA TODAY Super 25 High School Wrestling Rankings

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Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) continues to flex its No. 1 muscles as we head into 2017. The Buccaneers rolled to the team championship at the Mount Madness Wrestling Tournament in Maryland last week. Blair crowned ten individual champs, scoring 354 points, which was 161.5 points more than runner-up and host Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, MD).

One of the biggest changes in the latest USA TODAY/National High School Coaches Association Super 25 High School Wrestling Rankings is right behind Blair where Buchanan (Clovis, CA) jumps two spots to No. 2. The Bears rise is a direct result of their second straight championship at The Clash duals in Rochester, Minnesota. In winning the championship, Buchanan beat former No. 2 St. Edward (Lakewood, OH), which slips to No. 3 this week, and former No. 3 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, FL), which also drops one spot this week to No. 4.

Breaking into the Top 10 this week are Olentangy Liberty (Powell, OH) at No. 9 and Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, PA) at No. 10. SEM, who will wrestle No. 1 Blair on January 16th in a dual match, jumped three spots after winning the POWERade Tournament in Pennsylvania.

New to the rankings this week are Park Hill (Kansas City, MO) at No. 12, Kiski Area (Vandergrift, PA) at #23 and Kasson-Mantorville (Kasson, MN) at #24.

Shaping next week’s rankings will be the 73rd annual Geary Tournament, the nation’s oldest wrestling tournament, in Oklahoma. No. 1 Blair will be challenged by Oklahoma-powers No. 13 Tuttle, No. 19 Sand Springs and No. 21 Choctaw in the individual format that will crown a team champ.


#1 Blair Academy

Blairstown, New Jersey

Record: (0-0)

LW: #1

#2 Buchanan

Clovis, California

Record: (5-1)

LW: #4

#3 St. Edward

Lakewood, Ohio

Record: (10-1)

LW: #2

#4 Lake Highland Prep

Orlando, Florida

Record: (0-0)

LW: #3

#5 Clovis

Clovis, California

Record: (0-0)

LW: #5

#6 Graham

St. Paris, Ohio

Record: (6-0)

LW: #6

#7 Bethlehem Catholic

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Record: (3-0)

LW: #7

Notes: Won Christmas City Tournament team title in Pennsylvania

#8 Malvern Prep

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Record: (4-0)

LW: #9

#9 Olentangy Liberty

Powell, Ohio

Record: (0-0)

LW: #11

#10 Wyoming Seminary

Kingston, Pennsylvania

Record: (1-0)

LW: #13

#11 Bergen Catholic

Oradell, New Jersey

Record: (0-0)

LW: #8

#12 Park Hill

Kansas City, Missouri

Record: (9-2)

LW: Honorable Mention

#13 Tuttle

Tuttle, Oklahoma

Record: (2-0)

LW: #16

#14 Elyria

Elyria, Ohio

Record: (9-0)

LW: #15

#15 Nazareth

Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Record: (3-0)

LW: #12

#16 Detroit Catholic Central

Detroit, Michigan

Record: (15-0)

LW: #10

Notes: Finished 2nd at Medina Invitational in Ohio

#17 Allen

Allen, Texas

Record: (0-0)

LW: #24

#18 Poway

Poway, California

Record: (4-0)

LW: #16

Notes: Won Cerritos Tournament of Champions in California with six individual champs

#19 Sand Springs

Sand Springs, OK

Record: (1-0)

LW: #20

#20 Pueblo County

Pueblo, Colorado

Record: (0-0)

LW: #22

#21 Choctaw

Choctaw, Oklahoma

Record: (1-0)

LW: #18

#22 Pomona

Arvada, Colorado

Record: (0-0)

LW: #23

#23 Kiski Area

Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Record: (7-0)

LW: Honorable Mention

#24 Kasson-Mantorville

Kasson, Minnesota

Record: (2-0)

LW: Honorable Mention

#25 Lockport

Lockport, Illinois

Record: (20-0)

LW: #17

Dropped-out: #19 Oak Park River Forest (Illinois), #21 Washington Community (Illinois), #25 Brownsburg (Indiana)

Honorable Mention or Teams to Watch:

Anoka, MN

Apple Valley, MN

Brecksville-Broadview Heights, OH

Brownsburg, IN

Camden County, GA

Fort Dodge, IA

Gilroy, CA

Long Beach, NY

Montini Catholic, IL

Oak Park River Forest, IL

Shakopee, MN

Southeast Polk, IA

Valley, IA

Wadsworth, OH

Editor’s Note: High School Football America co-produces the NHSCA High School Wrestling Rankings with the National High School Coaches Association for our partners at USA TODAY High School Sports.

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