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PHOTOS: Blair 'B' wins Lenape Valley wrestling tournament
Written by - Friday, December 28 2012  

*Click here for a photo gallery by Robert Harris.*

This 'B' team was on its 'A' game.

At the Lenape Valley Holiday Wrestling Tournament, the Blair Academy 'B' team stole the show. The Bucs sent 11 wrestlers to the finals and walked away with nine individual titles.

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Montville heavyweight Ethan Fox pinned Whippany Park's Daniel Linfante in one of the few finals not to involve a Blair wrestler. (Photo by Robert Harris)

The six-team event featured three teams from the NJAC: Montville, Whippany Park and the host school. The Wildcats came away with three individual winners and the Mustangs grabbed two titles.

Lenape Valley sent seven wrestlers to the finals but came up short in each match, falling to a Blair wrestler in all but one weight class.

Blair Academy has been the top high school wrestling program in the nation over the past 15-20 years. The private school based in Blairstown has so many quality wrestlers that it sometimes splits up its squad during tournaments and sends the 'B' team to local events.

Also participating in the Lenape Valley event were North Plainfield and West Windsor-Plainsboro North. Neither team had a single wrestler reach the final round.

In a solid team performance, Whippany Park sent seven men to the finals, coming up with winners at 113 (Matt Mastrobuono), 132 (Marc Muzeni) and 182 (Stevan Webb).

Montville had just three finalists, but two earned titles: 170-pounder Parker Meytrott and heavyweight Ethan Fox.

For a complete photo gallery by Robert Harris from the finals of the Lenape Valley wrestling tournament, click the link above.






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Walker Dempsey of Blair edged Matt Benvenuto of Lenape Valley, 6-4, in the 138-pound final. (Photo by Robert Harris)

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