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Category: New Jersey Wrestling

  • Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) continued to dominate the USA's top wrestlers on Saturday by winning the 12th annual Final Four Festival - sponsored by the National High School Coaches Association - in York, Pa.

    The Buccaneers routed surprise finalist Robinson (Fairfax, Va.) 61-6 in the championship match after beating Springfield Central (Springfield, Mass.) 65-3 in the semifinals. During three pool victories they gave up no more than nine points.

    Robinson upset short-handed Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, Pa.) by a narrow 33-32 margin in the semifinals. Until a loss in California, Wyoming Seminary had been ranked No. 2 in the nation.

    Unanimously ranked No. 1 in the nation, Blair previously had won three of the nation's most prestigious tournaments - the Ironman, Powerade and Beast of the East.

    Tourney director Robert Ferraro Jr. told MaxPreps, "They (Blair) really are dominant. They are in a different class."

    First-year head coach Charles Danhof, who had been an assistant for the previous nine years, noted, "If we were at full strength (injury-free), it rivals one of the best teams we've had in the past 10 or 20 years."

    Danhof said five seniors will be wrestling at Division I colleges next year and several others still are sifting through offers. The Buccaneers also have several big-time underclassmen.
  • File photo by Ray Nelson

    The NYSPHSAA Championships last winter.

    It's not even wrestling season yet, but a major controversy has cropped up this week concerning the popular New Jersey state tournament, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

    Word just started getting around the state that pop singer Lady Gaga has booked Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (N.J.) for the first weekend in March — the same period that the state wrestling tourney has been held in recent years. The tournament annually draws around 40,000 people. Lady Gaga's website reports that tickets already are being sold, starting at $182, for a March 2 concert.

    The governing New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has been holding meetings throughout today as a resolution — perhaps a new venue — is being sought. Last year's tourney produced a profit of $130,000 for the association.

    Bound Brook (N.J.) coach Kyle Franey told the Star-Ledger, "Someone dropped the ball on this. It just changes everything. For years I know my wrestlers have been excited about getting to Atlantic City."

    If the tourney has to be set back a week, a host of problems could occur.

    Hunterdon Central (Flemington, N.J.) athletic director Bob Rossi said, "I don't see how the wrestling coaches would want a 13-day layoff. Does that mean we're going to have an extra week to have matches or are we just going to be sitting here for a week?"