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Blair Varsity Wrestling Clinches No. 1 at Ironman
Rhett Moroses '13

Congratulations to the Blair varsity wrestling team, who bested the nationally ranked No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the country this weekend!

Blair Bucs clinched first place in the 2021 Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament in Ohio this past weekend, competing against teams from close to 30 states. Blair has traditionally chosen to compete in the Ironman because it is one of the toughest tournaments, featuring some of the best wrestlers in the nation and providing a rich opportunity for Blair’s Bucs to test their mettle. Out of a total of 98 competitive teams, this year Blair won the tournament with a combined score of 176.5, 30 more points than Malvern Prep, which placed second. 

Leading the way for Blair was Marc-Anthony McGowan ’23 (120 lbs.) and TJ Stewart ’22 (215 lbs.), who each placed first in their weight classes. Previously unranked junior Lorenzo Norman ’23 (165 lbs.), earned an impressive second in his weight class after being seeded only 10th in his bracket. Danny Wask ’22 (175 lbs.) and Leo DeLuca ’25 (113 lbs.) rounded out Blair’s performance, placing fourth, while Paul Ognissanti ’24 (138 lbs.) brought home fifth. 

Blair wrestling head coach Ross Gitomer ’05 praised the team for their focus and hard work, saying, “One of the mental techniques the coaches have been working on with the athletes has been fighting through positions, especially when you’re tired. The kids executed on that well at Ironman. Our athletes knew the Ironman was going to be a grind type of tournament, but they stepped up to the challenge, and it paid off for them.”

Blair returns to the mat this weekend, traveling to Newark, Delaware, to compete in the Beast of the East Tournament.

Go, Bucs!

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