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.