National Prep Wrestling Championships History

In 2019 Blair Academy won its 38th team title- the most in tournament history.

Special Thanks to Larry Sheridan, son of William (Lehigh Coach & National Prep Tournament Founder), who has maintained copies of all tournament brackets back to 1935.

All records compiled and updated regularly by Bill X. Barron (Cardigan Mt. 1980-98, Hyde-ME 1998-2008) – e-mail any additions / corrections / suggestions to In certain years, the brackets did not identify consolation place-winners; please help fill in the missing information!

Not all first names were listed on many early brackets; as much as possible, they have been filled in by viewing adjacent years and newspaper articles. If you would still like your own copy of a bracket or news article, email Bill and he will send it to you directly. Bill welcomes any correspondence, especially anecdotes from past wrestlers and coaches, as a written history of the National Preps is in the making. PDF files of the history of the National Prep Championships are at the bottom of the page.

National Prep Wrestling Championships History: By the numbers

Most Team Titles

Four-Time National Prep Champions

38 – Blair (NJ)
17 – Hill (PA)
11 – Mt. St. Joseph’s (MD)
7 – DeMatha (MD)
5 – Mercersburg (PA), Milton Hershey (PA), Wyoming Seminary
5 – Milton Hershey (PA)
1 – Baylor (TN), Bishop Egan (PA), Blue Ridge (VA), Bryn Athyn (PA), Haverford (PA), Newton H.S. (NJ)

Jim Krapf, Tatnall (DE): 1966-1969 
Todd Beckerman, DeMatha (MD): 1993-1996
John Giacche, Blair (NJ): 1995-1998
Cory Cooperman, Blair (NJ): 1998-2001
Steve Mocco, St. Benedict’s/Blair (NJ): 1998-2001

Rudy Rueda, DeMatha (MD): 2001-2004
Travis Blasco, Blair (NJ): 2003-2006
Chris Villalonga, Blair (NJ): 2007-2010
Evan Silver, Blair (NJ): 2008-2011
Mark Grey, Blair (NJ): 2009-2012
Jack Mueller, Trinity Christian (TX)/Wyoming Seminary (PA): 2013-2016

Five-Time National Prep All-Americans

Scott Hill ‘88, Bishop O’Connell (VA): 1985(4th), 1986(4th), 1987(2nd), 1988(3rd), PG(1st)
Ty Willman ‘95, Hill (PA): 1991(8th), 1992(2nd), 1993(4th), 1994(1st),1995(1st)
David Hoffman ‘01, Hill (PA): 1997(7th), 1998(2nd), 1999(1st), 2000(3rd), 2001(1st)
Michael Bressler ‘07, Grace Brethren/Progressive Christian (MD): 2003(4th), 2004(3rd), 2005(4th), 2006(2nd), 2007(4th)

Nicky Gordon ‘09, Wyoming Seminary (PA): 2005(6th), 2006(3rd), 2007(2nd), 2008(2nd), 2009(2nd)


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