Blair Academy takes top spot at Beast

Blair Academy takes top spot at Beast

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Blair Academy takes top spot at Beast

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Blair Academy (N.J.) earned the overall title at the Beast of the East wrestling tournament Sunday as nine Buccaneer wrestlers finished in the top three.

They tallied a total of 309 points, besting second-place Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) by 152 points.

Blair, ranked first in InterMat’s top 50, got one of its two individual titles when Russell Parsons won a hard-fought 7-6 decision over Chad Walsh of Camden Catholic (N.J.) at 152 pounds.

“It’s another tournament for us. The Beast of the East is a great event, they’ve had us here for 20 years,” Blair Academy coach Charles Danhof said. “It’s a good event for us as it has good competition.”

Brooks Black capped the Bucs’ strong showing with a victory in the 285-pound class, where he edged Aaron Bradley of Nazareth Area High School (Pa.) 2-1.

Matthew Kolodzik, P.J. Klee, and Mason Manville gave Blair runner-up performances at 120, 132 and 138 pounds, respectively. Blair’s Charles Tucker at 113, Dylan Milonas at 145, Patrick Coover at 170 and Frank Mattiace at 195 all finished third.

Governor’s Cup goes to Smyrna

Smyrna High earned the Governor’s Cup in the tounament. The honor goes to the highest-placing Delaware team.

The Eagles scored 61.5 points, which was good enough for 27th place overall, and were led by 113-pound champion Brent Fleetwood.

“It’s awesome. It think it’s going to be motivating for us. I think everyone knows we’re the team to beat because everyone keeps saying that,” Fleetwood said. “I think it’ll help us because it shows everyone what’s out there. It can only help us for the season.”

While Smyrna earned honors for being the top team in the state, the Eagles know there is still a long road to the state meet, and there are areas in which they will need to improve as the season progresses.

“It means a lot to win the Governor’s Cup. You wrestle for that trophy to be the top performing team in Delaware. That’s nice to have,” Eagles coach Kurt Howell said.

“We’re going to keep it in perspective and use it as an opportunity to keep getting better.”

Top eight

The only other Delaware wrestler besides Fleetwood to place in the top eight at the Beast of the East was Sussex Central’s Keith Jones, who finished in eighth place at 182 pounds.

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