Two of the nation's premier wrestling tournaments were held over the weekend, one in the East and one in the Midwest.
The 45th annual Powerade Christmas Tournament was held in Canonsburg, Pa., with powerful Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.)
scoring 299 points to run away with its second-straight team championship.
The Most Outstanding Wrestler award was presented to 220-pound champion Kyle Snyder of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
. He is the No. 2-ranked junior in the country by InterMat and is undefeated in his high school career.
The greatest match, however, pitted the No. 1-ranked junior in the country, Chance Marsteller of Kennard-Dale (Fawn Grove, Pa.)
, against No. 2-ranked Cody Wiercioch of Canon-McMillan (Canonsburg, Pa.)
, for the 170-pound championship. Both are two-time state champs and each twice had won Powerade titles.
Marsteller eked out a 3-2 decision in the fourth overtime before a crowd of nearly 3,000 to raise his career record to 97-0. It was only the fourth loss of Wiercioch's career. He had won 60 straight matches prior to the Powerade. Both wrestlers were given a standing ovation, according to the Observer-Reporter.
The only unseeded wrestler to win a title was Greater Latrobe (Latrobe, Pa.)
freshman Luke Pletcher at 106 pounds.
* In Rochester, Minn., St. Michael-Albertville (Albertville, Minn.)
scored 55 points to win The Clash, a dual team tournament. Its only loss was in the first round to Brandon (Fla.)
33-21. However, the champs did hand runner-up Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) its only loss, 34-21. Montini Catholic finished with 54 points.
The nation's No. 1-ranked wrestler, Apple Valley (Minn.)
freshman Mark Hall, won all six of his matches at 152 pounds to raise his winning streak to 86. He has pinned all but one opponent this year.