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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
National High School Coaches Association celebrates 25 years of National Wrestling Championships
“The day we left Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for the
championships in the western part of the state, we had only 51 wrestlers
registered,” said Ferraro, who at the time of the first national championships
was the head wrestling coach at Bucknell University. “Back then there was no
internet, so it was hard to tell if more kids would be coming or not. I’m
thinking how bad will this be if only those 51 kids show-up?The good news is we had a great turnout
for on-site registration and we ended-up with 262 wrestlers from 39 different
25 years later, Ferraro still enjoys talking about that
first year in Pittsburgh, but he also smiles when discussing the NHSCA’s
upcoming Silver Anniversary of the NHSCA High School National Wrestling
Championships, March 27th through the 30th at the
Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
A quarter-century since those first championships, the
NHSCA has expanded, not only the championships, but also the organization as
well.Today, the National High
School Coaches Association crowns championships in five different divisions –
middle school, freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classifications.
Each an every year, the number of wrestlers competing
grows.The 2013 championships
attracted a record 2,800-plus wrestlers to Virginia Beach to battle for the
coveted title of NHSCA high school national wrestling champ.The top eight wrestlers in each weight class
also earn the honor of NHSCA All-American.
The national championship alumni roster reads like a Who’s
Who in the sport of wrestling with the likes of current Penn St. head coach
Cael Sanderson, who won the NHSCA Senior Nationals in 1997 before going on to
become a four-time NCAA champ with a 159-0 record.Sanderson won an Olympic gold medal in 2004 in Athens,
Two other NHSCA Senior National champs went-on to win
Olympic gold.Jake Varner was a
NHSCA Senior National champ in 2005 before going onto to become a two-time NCAA
champ at Iowa St.Varner won the
96 kg gold medal in the 2012 Olympic games in London.
2006 New Jersey’s Jordan Burroughs won an NHSCA National
Championship before going to Nebraska where he won two NCAA titles.Like Varner, Burroughs won a gold medal
at the London Olympics.
Stephen Abas was a 1996 NHSCA Senior National
champ.Abas was a three-time NCAA
champ at Fresno St.Abas won an
Olympic silver medal at the Athens Games.
“It’s always a lot of fun to watch our wrestlers move-on
to have great success at the NCAA level,” said Ferraro.
The most exclusive club for the NHSCA’s is the elite
four-time champion club.There
have only been three, quadruple champs – Blake Roulo of Matoaca High School in
Virginia; Tyler Beckwith of Greene High School in New York; and BJ Clagon of
Toms River South High School in New Jersey.
To register for this year’s championships, go to