One of my favorite events to cover every season is the EIWA Championships. The competitors there embody the term ‘student-athlete’. The fans are knowledgeable and respectful; the coaches professional and social.
For those same reasons, I love covering National Preps, where many of the constituents, with fine talent and grades to boot, will go on to compete for EIWA squads.
This year our #1 team in the country, Blair Academy, will seek its 22nd straight Prep team title under Buxton and its 32nd consecutive overall, ten more than the second longest championship streak (Mt. Anthony Union, VT).
Blair is the prohibitive favorite with eleven #1 seeds. #9-Wyoming Seminary has two top seeds with Eric Morris (170) and Dom Malone (126). The remaining top seed is occupied by Good Counsel’s Kyle Snyder, the #1 ranked wrestler in the country.
Blair Academy’s Mark Grey, who earlier this season made history when he became the first 4-time Beast of the East Champion, looks to join an elite, nine-member fraternity of 4x Prep Champs.
TheOpenMat will be live from Stabler Arena on Lehigh University’s campus to provide coverage of the finals.
For more tidbits on the National Preps, the pulse of the national high school wrestling landscape including comments on California, Georgia, and Colorado, as well as an interview with Brandon (FL) Head Coach, Russ Cozart, listen to this week’s NHSCA Radio Sports Hour here