Blair Wrestling wins 41st national prep championship

Blair Wrestling wins 41st national prep championship
Rhett Moroses
2023 Blair Wrestling national champs recap

This past weekend, the Blair Wrestling team traveled to compete in the National Prep Tournament. In the men’s division, Blair finished in first place with 333 points. On the girls’ side, the team finished in 3rd place, with 69 points, with only three wrestlers competing. 

At the start of day two, the Blair Bucs had 13 out of 14 wrestlers moving on to the semi-finals, with seven making it to the finals. In the girl’s division, Blair had three girls competing, who all made it to the finals. Marc Anthony McGowan ’23 (126), Morgan Edwards ’24 (132), Sarah Henckel ’26 (152), Peter Snyder ’26 (165), Lorenzo Norman ’23 (175), and Nolan Neves ’23 (285) all took first place. Leo Deluca ’25 (120), Jocelyn O’Keeffe ’24 (120), Matt Lopes ’24 (132), and Carter Neves ’24 (215) each took second. Tyler Dekraker ’26 (113), Will Henckel ’25 (150), and Paul Ognissanti ’24 (157) took third. Josh Anthony ’24 (190) finished in 4th place. Billy Dekraker ’25 (138) and Logan Rozynski ’24 (144) finished in 5th place. 

Leo Deluca ’25 (120), Josh Anthony ’24 (190), Carter Neves ’24 (215), and Nolan Neves ’23 (285) had great performances, each winning three of their five matches by fall. Peter Snyder ’26 (165) was seeded second in his bracket and finished in the first place. He had an outstanding tournament, with some tough competition. 

"The effort was completely there from the team," said Ross Gitomer '05, Blair's head wrestling coach. "Despite some really tough losses that were extremely close, we also had some really close wins too. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of this championship group of young men and women. The coaches and I learned a lot this weekend about our team, and I know the kids did as well. Good weekend to be a Buc."