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  • 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.

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    Mark Hall, Apple Valley

    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.
  • The wrestling news from around the nation produced some amazing stories, as state tournament action moved to the forefront.

    In case you missed it, Alabama wrestler Ben Smith set a Wrestling USA national record with 326 career victories.

    In addition, Brandon (Fla.) wrestlers Rossi Bruno and Clark Glass pulled off a first in Florida history by winning their fifth state titles. Winning one title is tough enough, but Bruno and Glass capped their senior seasons by also leading Brandon to its 12th consecutive Class 3A state title.

    Bruno and Glass won championships in each of their four high school years, while adding titles as an eighth-grader and seventh-grader, respectively.

    "Clark and I have been teammates for a long time," Bruno told the Tampa Bay Times. "And I always joke with him that you media guys are going to talk about how I am the first five-time champ (because the lighter weight class goes first)."

    Also, Father Ryan (Nashville, Tenn.) senior Michael Hooker finished his stellar career with a trio of Tennessee state records in winning the 170-pound title in Division II.

    Hooker, who led Father Ryan to the team title, finishes as the state's all-time leader in wins with 239, and he also set the single-season mark with 65 victories. His consecutive win streak of 115 also is tops in state annals, according to The Tennessean.

    "I was feeling it a little bit," Hooker told the newspaper about the records. "You wouldn't be human if you weren't."