Blair Academy (N.J.) starts Super 25 wrestling rankings where it ended -- No. 1

Blair Academy (N.J.) starts Super 25 wrestling rankings where it ended -- No. 1

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Blair Academy (N.J.) starts Super 25 wrestling rankings where it ended -- No. 1

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1/24/16 12:39:37 PM -- Blairstown, NJ, U.S.A -- Blair Academy vs. Wyoming Seminary high school wrestling. Blair Academy Junior Chase Singletary , shown, celebrates his 3-1 victory over Wyoming Seminary Senior Nick Reenan in the 195 match. Blair Academy won, 35-20. Photo by Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports Images, Gannett ORG XMIT: US 134401 prep wrestling 1/23/2 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Ohio State commit Chase Singletary is one of four defending national champions for No. 1 Blair Academy (N.J.). (Photo: Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY Sports)

Defending national champion Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) begins 2016-17 as the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY/National High School Coaches Association Preseason Super 25 wrestling rankings.

The Buccaneers enter the season with four wrestlers who won National Prep School Wrestling individual championships last year as Blair won its 35th national prep championship in the last 36 years.

RANKINGS: Click for the full Super 25

Blair’s top wrestler is Chase Singletary, who committed to Ohio State last month.  Singletary is considered the nation’s top-ranked 220-pounder.

Blair’s other returning national prep champs are Michael Colaiocco (106 pounds), Chris Cannon (113 pounds) and Andrew Merola (145 pounds).

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) check in at No. 2 in the preseason Super 25.  The Eagles are coming- ff their 32nd Ohio state wrestling championship and were No. 7 in the final 2015-16 rankings.

Lake Highland Prep (Orlando), No. 11 in the final rankings last season, is No. 3, followed by Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) and Clovis (Calif.) to round out the Top 5.

RELATED: Final 2015-16 Super 25 wrestling rankings

Graham (St. Paris, Ohio, led by 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Coach of the Year Jeff Jordan, is No. 6.

Pennsylvania teams occupy three of the next four slots: No. 7 Malvern Prep  No. 8 Bethlehem Catholic and No. 10 Nazareth. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) is No. 9.

RELATED: 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Wrestling Teams

In all, 12 states are represented, led by four teams each from Ohio and Pennsylvania, three each from California and Illinois and two each from New Jersey, Oklahoma and Colorado.

The season kicks off with the Walsh Ironman at Walsh Jesuit High School (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) on Dec. 9-10.

The first in-season rankings will be published Dec. 14

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