National High School Coaches Association

#1 Blair Academy Wins 12th Annual National High School Coaches Association Final Four

#1 Blair Academy Wins 12th Annual National High School Coaches Association Final Four
Buccaneers win 7th straight NHSCA Final Four 

Easton, PA – January 14, 2013 – Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey left no doubt why it is the consensus #1 ranked team in America by going a perfect 5-0 on Saturday to capture the 12th annual National High School Coaches Association Final Four Festival at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania.  It was the Buccaneers’ seventh straight NHSCA Final Four championship.

Blair put the finishing touches on the championship in the 15-team field by beating James W. Robinson High School (Virginia) 61-8 in the finals.  Robinson advanced to the finals by surprising the #2 ranked team in the country, Wyoming Seminary (Pennsylvania) 33-32 in the semis.

To reach the championship round, Blair beat Emmaus (Pennsylvania) 66-6, Timberlane (New Hampshire) 73-3 and Pennsbury (Pennsylvania) 63-9.  The Buccaneers then beat Springfield Central (Massachusetts) 65-3 in the semifinals.

"If we were at full strength (injury-free), it rivals one of the best teams we've had in the past 10 or 20 years,” Blair first-year head coach Charles Danhof told MaxPreps.com after the championship.

“They (Blair) really are dominant. They are in a different class,” said Bob Ferraro, Jr., executive director of the National High School Coaches Association.  “The fact that the anticipated match up between the #1 and #2 nationally ranked team never happened says a lot about the quality of this event.”

JW Robinson finished 3-1 with wins over Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey), Souderton (Pennsylvania) and Wyoming Seminary (Pennsylvania).

Wyoming Seminary bounced back from its semifinal loss to JW Robinson to beat Springfield Central to finish in 3rd place with a 4-1 record.  Springfield Central, which won Pool C with a perfect 3-0 record, finished fourth in the field.

Going into the 2013 NHSCA Final Four Festival, there were two nationally ranked #1 wrestlers and they proved why they are.  Benton’s Zain Retherford simply dominated in his 5 matches with 5 falls, while Brooks Black also went 5-0 on the day in impressive fashion.

This year’s tournament featured 15 teams from five different states.  Click Here to see this year's results!