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At the High School Level

Blair Academy has been the #1 team in the USA eleven times since 1995 and was USA #1 again this past season, i.e., 2012-2013.

Blair Academy was named the USA’s “Team of the Decade” for the first decade of the 21st century, when it was USA #1 seven times, USA #2 twice and USA #3 once.

Blair has won an incredible 28 of the 39 Ironman and Beast tournaments held to date. In effect, Blair has won these two top in-season national tournaments more than twice as many times as have all the other teams in the country COMBINED.

Blair has won the National Prep Championship 33 straight times, 1981 through 2013. This is easily the longest streak of end-of-season state or National Prep tournament championships in US history.

Blair holds countless individual records at Ironman, at Beast of the East and at National Preps. These records include the following:

  • The most individual champions all time
  • The most individual champions in a single year
  • The most place-winners all time
  • The most place-winners in a single year.

At the NCAA level

Blair has had 16 NCAA champions, from Lehigh’s Mike Lieberman in 1975 to Michigan’s Kellen Russell in 2011 and 2012 and Penn State’s Ed Ruth in 2012 and 2013.

Blair has had 55 NCAA Division 1 All Americans, more than two-thirds of whom have placed in the top 3 at NCAA’s (Specifically, of Blair’s 55 All Americans, 37 have placed in the top 3, as follows: 16 champions, 9 seconds and 12 thirds.)

Blair wrestlers are coaching at top universities across the land. Two-time NCAA Champ and four-time All American Pat Santoro is Lehigh’s Head Coach. All American Chris Ayres is Princeton’s Head Coach. Two-time NCAA Champ and four-time All American Mark Perry is Illinois’ Associate Head Coach.

In addition, the following Blair multi-year NCAA All Americans are assistant coaches in the NCAA ranks today: Kurt Backes, Iowa; Zach Esposito, Oklahoma State; Sean Gray, Princeton; Hudson Taylor, Columbia.

Beyond NCAAs

  • An Olympic Gold Medal: Bobby Weaver (1984).
  • Three World Cup Gold Medals: Mark Lieberman (1978) and Bobby Weaver (1980 and 1984).
  • An “Ivan Yarygin” Grand Prix Gold Medal (in Russia): Steve Mocco (2009).
  • A “Cerro Pelado” International Championship (in Cuba): Steve Mocco (2010).
  • Four Pan American Games Gold Medals: Mark Lieberman (1978) and Steve Mocco (2009, 2010 and 2011).
  • Four Maccabiah Games Gold Medals: Max Meltzer two (2005 and 2009) and Evan Silver two (both in 2009).
  • 13 US National Freestyle Championships: Mark Lieberman (1977, 1978 (OW), 1979 and 1980); Bobby Weaver (1978, 2 in 1979, 2 in 1980 and another in 1982); Rico Chiapparelli (1989); Steve Mocco (2009): and Kellen Russell (2013)

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