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New Jersey...I just went with the last 30 years or so, also i only included Blair guys that grew up and lived in NJ

1. Steve mocco- 2x champ 4 x finalist

2. Damian Hahn- 2x champ, 2x 5th place 

3. Jordan Burroughs 2x champ, 3rd place 

4.a .Matt valenti 2x champ, 5th, R12

4 B. Joe Dubuque 2x champ, 8th 

5. Darrion Caldwell, 1x champ, 1 x 5th, R12...I honestly believe he would have beat Dake his sr year if not for his shoulder injury 

6.Kellen Russell 2x champ, 7th 

7.Zach Esposito, 1x champ, 2nd and 3rd place finish

8. Frank molinaro 1x champ, 4 time AA, 8th, 5th, 2nd 

9.Anthony ashnault 1x champ, 4 time AA, 8th, 4th , 6th

10.Zach Rey 1x champ, 2nd, 3rd 

11. Dave Zabriskie 1x champ, 5th, 6th

honorable mention

Myles Martin 1x champ, 4 time AA, 5th, 2nd, 3rd

joey McKenna , 3rd 2 x, 2nd , R12

corey Cooperman, 3rd 2x , 7th 

james green .4 x AA, 3rd 2x, 7th 2x 

also McFadden would have most likely become a 4x AA and obviously if suriano returns to college he ll be on this list...pat glory seems to be on trajectory to possibly crack the top 10...Taylor Walsh was also a national finalist, his brother chad was a 2x AA and R12...so many great guys left out 

 

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Antitroll2828 said:

New Jersey...I just went with the last 30 years or so, also i only included Blair guys that grew up and lived in NJ

1. Steve mocco- 2x champ 4 x finalist

2. Damian Hahn- 2x champ, 2x 5th place 

3. Jordan Burroughs 2x champ, 3rd place 

4. Matt valenti 2x champ, 5th, R12

5. Darrion Caldwell, 1x champ, 1 x 5th, R12...I honestly believe he would have beat Dake his sr year if not for his shoulder injury 

6.Kellen Russell 2x champ, 7th 

7.Zach Esposito, 1x champ, 2nd and 3rd place finish

8. Frank molinaro 1x champ, 4 time AA, 8th, 5th, 2nd 

9.Anthony ashnault 1x champ, 4 time AA, 8th, 4th , 6th

10.Zach Rey 1x champ, 2nd, 3rd 

11. Dave Zabriskie 1x champ, 5th, 6th

honorable mention

Myles Martin 1x champ, 4 time AA, 5th, 2nd, 3rd

joey McKenna , 3rd 2 x, 2nd , R12

corey Cooperman, 3rd 2x , 7th 

Without looking it up- Joe Dubuque 2x is within your time frame. 

Out of your time frame (Lehigh here)

Mike Caruso 3x

Darryl Burley 2x 2-2

Mark Lieberman 2x (Blair but from Pa)

Mike Frick 2x OW

 

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3 minutes ago, gimpeltf said:

Without looking it up- Joe Dubuque 2x is within your time frame. 

Out of your time frame (Lehigh here)

Mike Caruso 3x

Darryl Burley 2x 2-2

Mark Lieberman 2x (Blair but from Pa)

Mike Frick 2x OW

 

Your 100 percent on the Dubuque...I thoughT about including frick because I used to go to this camp during the summers that he would run but I wanted to keep that 30 year time frame 

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20 minutes ago, Antitroll2828 said:

New Jersey...I just went with the last 30 years or so, also i only included Blair guys that grew up and lived in NJ

1. Steve mocco- 2x champ 4 x finalist

2. Damian Hahn- 2x champ, 2x 5th place 

3. Jordan Burroughs 2x champ, 3rd place 

4. Matt valenti 2x champ, 5th, R12

5. Darrion Caldwell, 1x champ, 1 x 5th, R12...I honestly believe he would have beat Dake his sr year if not for his shoulder injury 

6.Kellen Russell 2x champ, 7th 

7.Zach Esposito, 1x champ, 2nd and 3rd place finish

8. Frank molinaro 1x champ, 4 time AA, 8th, 5th, 2nd 

9.Anthony ashnault 1x champ, 4 time AA, 8th, 4th , 6th

10.Zach Rey 1x champ, 2nd, 3rd 

11. Dave Zabriskie 1x champ, 5th, 6th

honorable mention

Myles Martin 1x champ, 4 time AA, 5th, 2nd, 3rd

joey McKenna , 3rd 2 x, 2nd , R12

corey Cooperman, 3rd 2x , 7th 

 

 

 

 

I’d have Myles Martin firmly in the top 10.

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23 minutes ago, Antitroll2828 said:

It’s tough because the last time he wrestled for anywhere in NJ was 8th grade ...all the others on the list went to high school in NJ

Last time in season.  He did wrestle for Team NJ in Fargo.

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2 minutes ago, Antitroll2828 said:

I did not know that...I honestly wouldn’t have an objection to him being in there but curious who would you take off for add him? 

There were 11 in the list before him plus 3 hms and I added 5 off the top of my head

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Just now, Antitroll2828 said:

Wow..because of career achievements or do you think he was a the better wrestler of the 2?

He was definitely better in my opinion.  Caldwell was pretty awesome also, just think Martin was super good.  
 

1. NCAA champion over 3 time champ and hodge winner Bo Nickal.

2. Runner up to said Bo Nickal.

3. Dominant undefeated regular season with a 3rd place finish.

4. 5th place finish behind Nickal, Dean, Dudley and Brooks.

Those are 4 really awesome seasons and I just don’t think Caldwell quite matches up, although they’re close.

 

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4 minutes ago, Mokoma said:

He was definitely better in my opinion.  Caldwell was pretty awesome also, just think Martin was super good.  
 

1. NCAA champion over 3 time champ and hodge winner Bo Nickal.

2. Runner up to said Bo Nickal.

3. Dominant undefeated regular season with a 3rd place finish.

4. 5th place finish behind Nickal, Dean, Dudley and Brooks.

Those are 4 really awesome seasons and I just don’t think Caldwell quite matches up, although they’re close.

 

Caldwell wrestled as true freshman and he didn’t go to high school at a blair or Bergan Catholic , wrestled at Rahway a football school then went to nc state who hadn’t had an AA in 10 years starts right away and made the quarters before losing to the top seed, then lost to Jaggers in the blood round, as a sophomore took 5th in probably the toughest weight class in history, finished behind Metclef, bubba Jenkins, Burroughs, Curella..he beat ncaa champ O’Conner for 5th and finished ahead of schaletter and Palmer 

as jr. he won, beat metclaf in one of the most shocking final upsets ever at the time then blew out his shoulder roller blading his senior year, but like I said if he didn’t get hurt no one was beating him his senior year Kyle dake included 

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18 minutes ago, Mokoma said:

He was definitely better in my opinion.  Caldwell was pretty awesome also, just think Martin was super good.  
 

1. NCAA champion over 3 time champ and hodge winner Bo Nickal.

2. Runner up to said Bo Nickal.

3. Dominant undefeated regular season with a 3rd place finish.

4. 5th place finish behind Nickal, Dean, Dudley and Brooks.

Those are 4 really awesome seasons and I just don’t think Caldwell quite matches up, although they’re close.

 

Tough for me to unsee him losing to max dean and multiple times to Sammy brooks ,the rest of the guys on the list aren’t really losing to guys like that..I agree Martin was amazing at moments but sometimes he would lay an egg, like getting majored by Nickal with 1 second left in the dual of century in which his team ended up losing by 1...it was things like that why I left him off the top 10 originally 

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I've seen threads like this a couple times and no one ever tackles PA. Is it that there's too many? I didn't really start following college wrestling until I was in college (2007) so my knowledge doesn't go back far enough. Anyone willing to give it a go?

Off the top of my head I can name a few I know are probably in the running... Carlton Haselrig, Zain, Kolat, Ed Ruth, Nolf...

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4 minutes ago, cem5202 said:

I've seen threads like this a couple times and no one ever tackles PA. Is it that there's too many? I didn't really start following college wrestling until I was in college (2007) so my knowledge doesn't go back far enough. Anyone willing to give it a go?

Definitely too many 

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**** Pennsylvania:  Where to start, just so many.

In no particular order: Wade Schalles, Jack Cuvo, John Trenge, Zain Retherford, Ed Ruth, Kurt Angle, Jason Nolf, Cary Kolat, Carlton Haselrig, Ricky Bonomo, Bobby Weaver, Vincenzo Joseph.  Just a sampling, the list goes on and on.

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On 3/17/2020 at 9:30 AM, headache said:

Iowa -

Dan Gable – 2 x NCAA champ, world and Olympic gold

Frank Gotch – "Gotch was the first American professional wrestler to win the world heavyweight free-style championship, and credited for popularizing professional wrestling in the United States. Gotch was to wrestling history in this country what John L. Sullivan was to boxing."

Tom Brands - 3 x NCAA champ, world and Olympic gold

Bill Koll – career undefeated three time NCAA champion

Terry Brands - 2 x NCAA champ, 2 x world gold and Olympic bronze

Barry Davis – 3 x NCAA champion, 2 x world silver and Olympic silver

Jim Zalesky - 3 x NCAA champion

Mark Ironside – 2 x NCAA champion, Hodge winner

Jeff McGinness – 2 x NCAA champion, Junior World gold

Royce Alger  - 2 x NCAA champ, world silver, or

Tim Krieger - 2 x NCAA champion, four time #1 at NCAA tournament

No McDonough on the list with 1,2,1 finishes? 122-9 overall record.  

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1 hour ago, cem5202 said:

I guess a part of the reason I am asking is because Broomstick asked if any state had a better top two or top 3 and I am curious if PA can compete. 

Based on what has been listed, I think Oklahoma has a strong case for best top 2 or 3, but I am not sure PA beats OH on that measure, certainly not if you consider top 2 only and number of titles won.

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On 3/17/2020 at 8:39 AM, CJE64 said:

New York:

 

  1. Kyle Dake 4x NCAA champ
  2. Dave Auble 2x NCAA champ (1x Outstanding Wrestler), 55-1 college record
  3. Yianni D. 2x NCAA champ

 

Gwiz 8-1-1-2 and a very very close OT 2 to a legend

Jessie Jantzen  3-3-1 MOW

Gregor Gillespie 4x AA with a championship in a very deep weight class

Kerry Mccoy. 2x champ 3x AA (* Hodge Trophy - 131-1 his last 3 years)

Troy Nickerson 4x AA 2-3-1-4

JP O’Connor 3x AA 1 time champ...undefeated that year

And two of those guys wrestled for Harvard

add Lehigh's Pete Yozzo 3, 2, 1 (pinned Pat Santoro in the NCAA finals)

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41 minutes ago, Broomstick said:

Based on what has been listed, I think Oklahoma has a strong case for best top 2 or 3, but I am not sure PA beats OH on that measure, certainly not if you consider top 2 only and number of titles won.

Take Kyle Dake (4x NCAA champion) and Ed Banach (3x NCAA Champion), and I'm pretty sure no state has more NCAA champions from a pair of wrestlers than NY.

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2 minutes ago, klehner said:

Take Kyle Dake (4x NCAA champion) and Ed Banach (3x NCAA Champion), and I'm pretty sure no state has more NCAA champions from a pair of wrestlers than NY.

Right but Ohio and Oklahoma are tied with NY, each producing a 4 and 3 time champ.  

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1 hour ago, Broomstick said:

Based on what has been listed, I think Oklahoma has a strong case for best top 2 or 3, but I am not sure PA beats OH on that measure, certainly not if you consider top 2 only and number of titles won.

You can if you count Haselrig as having six ;)

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