St. Ed's Incredible NCAA Tournament All-American Streak

There are three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and St. Edward High School having an All-American at an NCAA Tournament.

For the last 34 years, the Lakewood, Ohio, prep school has had at least one All-American competing in the NCAA's championship meets. Only once during the streak has the All-American not been at the Division I level. In fact, in 18 of those years, the Eagles had multiple DI All-Americans.

Earlier this week we looked at which wrestlers currently had the longest win streaks in DI wrestling, but the most impressive run in college wrestling belongs to St. Edward High School.

Take a look at the streak through the years.

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1982

Mike Elinsky (North Carolina) 7th at 150

1983

Jim Heffernan (Iowa) 4th at 150

1984

Jim Mason (Michigan State) 7th at 134
Greg Elinksy (Penn State) 7th at 150
Tom Diamond (Mount Union - Division III) 7th at 158

1985

Jim Heffernan (Iowa) 2nd at 150
Greg Elinsky (Penn State) 2nd at 158
David Held (Edinboro - Division II at the time) 6th at 177

1986

Jim Heffernan (Iowa) 1st at 150
Greg Elinsky (Penn State) 2nd at 158
Greg Wright (Edinboro - Division II at the time) 1st at 142
David Held (Edinboro - Division II at the time) 8th at 167

1987

Jim Heffernan (Iowa) 2nd at 150
John Heffernan (Iowa) 6th at 158
Greg Elinsky (Penn State) 3rd at 167

1988

Terry Kennedy (Edinboro) 5th at 150
John Heffernan (Iowa) 4th at 158

1989

Terry Kennedy (Edinboro) 7th at 142

1990

Mike Mason (Ashland - Division II) 7th at 177

1991

Alan Fried (Oklahoma State) 2nd at 134

1992

Alan Fried (Oklahoma State) 2nd at 134
Duke McKean (Olivet Nazarene) 1st at 167

1993

Rick Hepp (Lehigh) 7th at 167
Duke McKean (Olivet Nazarene) 1st at 167

1994

Alan Fried (Oklahoma State) 1st at 142
Rick Hepp (Lehigh) 7th at 167

1995

Roger Chandler (Indiana) 8th at 142
Rick Hepp (Lehigh) 5th at 167

1996

Roger Chandler (Indiana) 3rd at 142

1997

Roger Chandler (Indiana) 2nd at 142

1998

Sam Neider (Northwestern) 5th at 190

1999

Andy Hrovat (Michigan) 8th at 184
Sam Neider (Northwestern) 7th at 197
Zach Thompson (Iowa State) 8th at 197

2000

Zach Thompson (Iowa State) 2nd at 197

2001

Mike Kulczycki (Michigan) 7th at 149
Yoshi Nakamura (Penn) 7th at 157
Gray Maynard (Michigan State) 8th at 157
Andy Hrovat (Michigan) 4th at 184

2002:

Yoshi Nakamura (Penn) 3rd at 157
Ryan Bertin (Michigan) 6th at 157
Gray Maynard (Michigan State) 7th at 157
Andy Hrovat (Michigan) 7th at 184

Incredibly, at 157 in 2002, St. Ed's alumni accounted for over a third of the All-Americans at one weight.

2003

Ryan Bertin (Michigan) 1st at 157
Gray Maynard (Michigan State) 7th at 157

2004

Mark Jayne (Illinois) 7th at 133
Ryan Bertin (Michigan) 3rd at 157

2005

Mark Jayne (Illinois) 7th at 133
Ryan Bertin (Michigan) 1st at 157

2006

Ryan Lang (Northwestern) 4th at 141

2007

Ryan Lang (Northwestern) 2nd at 141
Lance Palmer (Ohio State) 4th at 149

2008

Lance Palmer (Ohio State) 8th at 149

2009

Lance Palmer (Ohio State) 4th at 149

2010

Lance Palmer (Ohio State) 2nd at 149

2011

Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) 5th at 184

2012

Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) 2nd at 197

2013

Nick Sulzer (Virginia) 8th at 165

2014

Nick Sulzer (Virginia) 4th at 165

2015

Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) 4th at 141
Nick Sulzer (Virginia) 5th at 165
Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) 7th at 285

2016

Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) 1st at 141
Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) 4th at 285

This year five former St. Edward wrestlers will look to keep the streak alive.

2017 NCAA Tournament St. Ed Alumni

141: No. 1 Dean Heil, Oklahoma State
149: Nick Barber, Eastern Michigan
149: Hunter Ladnier, Harvard
157: No. 10 Colin Heffernan, Central Michigan
285: No. 3 Ty Walz, Virginia Tech

The question is how long can this incredible streak continue? The streak should be in safe hands this year with Heil and Walz each looking to claim All-American honors for the third time. Next season Heil and Heffernan return for their senior years while Michigan stud Domenic Abounader will be back from a medical redshirt and should start ranked in the top five.

St. Ed is currently ranked in No. 3 in the nation and boasts four individually ranked wrestlers including Missouri commits Alan Hart and Jared Campbell. It's safe to say the St. Ed's streak might not have an end in sight.

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