Author Archives: Rich B

PA Round-Up: Escape the Rock Preview


In only it’s 12th year, Escape the Rock has grown into one of the strongest tournaments in the country, rivaling Powerade for the honor of being the top tournament in Pennsylvania. This year’s event features top ranked teams from the Keystone State including Malvern Prep, Northampton, North Allegheny, Canon-McMillan, Easton, Boyertown, Bishop McDevitt, and host Council Rock South. In addition, ...

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PA Round-Up: PIAA Opening Weekend Recap

Niko Camacho - BeCa

The second week of December marked the beginning of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) wrestling season and most of the high schools in PA were competing on opening weekend. All of the top ten teams were in action except sixth-ranked Northampton. Walsh Ironman Third-ranked Bethlehem Catholic staked their claim as the top team in PA by finishing fifth at ...

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The Top Ten High School Wrestling Teams in PA

Wyoming Seminary

Wrestling is one of the most difficult sports to rank the top teams with events being hosted in both dual and individual tournament formats. Tournament results can vary according to the depth of the tournament as a team with a handful of elite wrestlers can excel at tournaments like Ironman and the Beast, while deeper teams might come out on ...

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PA HS Transfers: Hong to North Allegheny, Vulakh to Pope John Paul II

Eric Hong - PA

Former National Prep Champion Eric Hong has left Kiski Prep and will compete at North Allegheny for his senior season.  Hong is ranked #6 at 160 by The Open Mat and is committed to wrestle at the University of Pennsylvania.   North Allegheny projects to be one of the top teams in Pennsylvania this season and the addition of Hong ...

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PA Round-Up: Fab Five Freshmen to Watch

Beau Bartlett

The excitement that comes with the advent of a new scholastic wrestling season always includes the anticipation of the next generation of stars and seeing them compete for the first time at the varsity level. Freshman state champions are a rare occurrence in PA – only 36 have been crowned out of 1222 total champions since the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic ...

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PA Round-Up – Verkleeren, Waterway Duals and Malvern Prep

Jarod Verkleeren - Hempfield

It’s heating up. I don’t mean the weather here in Pennsylvania, where Septembers are hotter than Julys. It’s ramping up. School’s in, the practice schedule is picking up and the old questions are popping up. “Where’s his weight at? How’s that new freshman looking?” Wrestling season is on its way. News and Notes In a move that should surprise no ...

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PA Round-Up: Fargo, State Tournament Brackets and Recruiting Updates

Miles Lee - PA

A new feature for The Open Mat, PA Round-Up will provide a regular snapshot of what’s going on in one of the nation’s premier wrestling states. Presented with the question, “When is wrestling season?” summer doesn’t typically come to mind. November, December, January, and February, sure, March, of course, but August? Not so much. Oddly enough, it’s in August that ...

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