This weekend Blair Academy will defend its top ranking at Who’s #1 Duals. A season ago they were upset by Bergen Catholic at WNO duals, but ultimately finished the year back on top after the final results.
Jan. 12 | 12pm ET
But anyway, this year they will take on Clovis North out of California and St. Edward from Ohio. Clovis North comes in ranked 16th while St. Ed’s holds down the #7 spot. Also in the mix will be #2 Wyoming Seminary and Easton. Both teams, along with St. Ed’s, were in the field with the Bucs at Ironman where the top team out of New Jersey punished the entire field to take home the team title out-pointing Wyoming Sem by exactly 100 points.
Despite both of them being in the gym this weekend, we won’t see them meet. That will take place the following weekend in the Blue Knights’ gym. But this weekend we will get to see Clovis North, who finished 8th at Doc Buchanan last weekend, in three duals and all the others in two.
With all that said, let’s take a look at the potential lineups for each team this weekend.
WNO Duals Schedule
Blair (NJ) vs. Clovis North (CA)
Easton (PA) vs. Wyoming Seminary (PA)
St. Edward (OH) vs. Clovis North (CA)
Blair (NJ) vs. St. Edward (OH)
Wyoming Seminary (PA) vs. Clovis North (CA)
#1 Blair (NJ)
Commentary: Clearly they are bringing the most firepower with nine ranked wrestlers in their lineup, which includes two #1’s at 126 and 132 with Michael Colaiocco and Shayne VanNess, who’s coming off a weekend where he added another huge to his resume by defeating Reece Witcraft, who was ranked #1 at 138. #2-ranked Julian Ramirez also had a noteworthy W last weekend when he took out #3 Dustin Plott.
So far this season they’ve crowned a ton of champs and took home team titles at Ironman, Beast of the East and most recently, Geary. Of note, they will have a new face in the lineup at 195 as news broke this week that top-ranked 195-pounder AJ Ferrari and his brother Anthony, ranked 4th at 113, have left Blair. Earlier in the year, Ryan Miller held down the 113-pound spot placing 5th at Ironman. Miller is also a returning National Prep champ so certainly they are in good hands there. But at 195 they certainly have a pretty big hole to fill. No matter what they are still expected to bring the heat.
Blair’s Potential lineup
|120||#4 Trevor Mastrogiovanni/|
|126||#1 Michael Colaiocco/|
|132||#1 Shayne VanNess|
|138||#5 (at 145) Travis Mastrogiovanni|
|152||#16 Nick Incontrera|
|160||Oliver Tipton/ Rylan Rogers|
|170||#2 Julian Ramirez/ Ike Schmidt|
|182||#19 Peyton Craft|
|220||#4 Owen Trephan|
#2 Wyoming Seminary (PA)
Commentary: Returning back to the east coast after picking up a pair of dual meet wins in California over #3 Buchanan and #12 Gilroy. Sem may not be bringing as many ranked guys as Blair, but their lineup is plenty solid. #7 Beau Bartlett (132) is a major player in the bonus point department for the Blue Knights along with #8 Darrien Roberts, this year’s Ironman champ. Lachlan McNeil is coming off the biggest win from their trip to Cali. He took out #15 Maximo Renteria, who was 10th at the time.
Wyoming Seminary’s Potential lineup
|113||#13 Troy Spratley|
|120||#12 Lachlan McNeil|
|132||#7 Beau Bartlett|
|182||#8 Darrien Roberts|
#7 St. Edward (OH)
Commentary: Led by title-winning performances by #4 Bryce Andonian and Angelo Rini, St. Ed’s claimed the team title at Powerade in the teams first trip to the tournament. Sam Dover, who had a huge emergence earlier this year when he won Ironman, was a runner-up. Missing from the lineup that day was #14 Paddy Gallagher, who will be back in the mix for them this weekend. Although he doesn’t have a number next to his name, Seamus O’Malley is a force up top for the Eagles. O’Malley was 5th at Powerade and while he missed Ironman this year, he was 7th a year ago.
St. Edward’s Potential lineup
|132||Scott Richter/ Evan Bennett|
|138||Bryce Hepner/Luke Geog|
|145||#4 Bryce Andonian|
|152||#3 Sam Dover/ Tyler Lillard|
|160||#14 Paddy Gallgher|
|182||Connor Beard/ Hudson Hightower|
#16 Clovis North (CA)
Commentary: They are traveling the furthest so they are making sure to get all the competition they can. Clovis North, who was just 8th at Doc B, will be the only team wrestling during all three sessions. Last weekend they came away with three placers as Joey Cruz (120), #16 Devin Murphy (126) and #15 Ryan Franco were 4th, 4th and 3rd, respectively. These three will face the toughest competition this weekend as they are slated to highly ranked guys.
Clovis North’s Potential lineup
|126||#16 Devin Murphy|
|132||#15 Ryan Franco|
Commentary: JaMarr Billman is continuing to get his team up against some of the best in the country as he looks to return the Red Rovers to the dominant regime of old. They will only be wrestling in one dual, but it’s against #2 Wyoming Seminary. They currently hold a 5-1 dual meet record with their first loss coming just a week ago to Nazareth. They also own a seventh place finish at this year’s Bethlehem Holiday Classic where they had eight placers, led by Dominic Falcone’s runner-up finish at 182.
Easton’s Potential lineup
|220||Andrew Balukas/ Tyler Pellechia|