Blair Places 1st in Beast of East Tournament for 18th-Straight Time
Rhett Moroses

Blair wrestlers continued their winning streak by placing first in the Beast of the East Tournament with a team score of 288 points, a victory that marks the 18th-consecutive time the Bucs have won the championship. To put Blair's team score in context, Bergen Catholic came in second with 237 points.

The tournament's most outstanding wrestler was Michael Colaiocco '19 (120 pounds), who won his third Beast of the East championship in three attempts. Michael is only the eighth three-time winner in Beast of the East history. Other Blair champions include Andrew Merola '18 (160 pounds), who won 5-2 in a tiebreaker, and Julian Ramirez '19 (170 pounds), who captured his second tournament title with a takedown for a 3-1 win. Leonardo Tarantino '18 (182 pounds) also came away with a 3-2 victory.

In addition to these individual champions, Blair had 11 wrestlers in the winner's bracket, contributing to the Bucs' first-place team score.

"I am proud of the team's effort and how hard our wrestlers competed through two tough weekends," said Brian Antonelli '93, Blair's head wrestling coach. "The Beast of the East tournament this was different than Ironman in that we had some guys perform really well and a couple who under performed. So we have a lot to work on through the winter break and we look forward to wrestling at home on December 30 before we head out to Oklahoma."

Blair looks for another victory on December 28-29 at the Christmas City Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic High School in Pennsylvania.

To read more about Blair's win, click here.