Cornell Recruit Villalonga Leads Blair Academy to Walsh Ironman Title

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The last time that Blair Academy senior, Chris Villalonga, lost a folkstyle match at a big time national tournament, he was a freshman. Since then, the #3 overall recruit in the class of 2010 had gone on to win a three National Prep titles, two Walsh Ironman titles, and a pair of Beast of the East titles. Therefore, when it comes to getting it done under pressure, there are few better. It was for this reason that when faced with a 2-2 deadlock after regulation in his 140-pound finals match, the future Cornell Big Red wrestler did not look the least bit concerned…Following a scoreless one minute sudden victory period, Villalonga started the first of the two :30 ride-out periods underneath his opponent, Ian Miller of Oak Harbor…Being ridden extremely hard by the determined Miller, for a split second, it looked as if the 3x Fargo All-American might not escape. However, as has been the case so many times in the past, Villalonga came up big when it mattered most, earning his escape point with only a few ticks remaining on the clock…Villalonga would solidify his third Ironman title a half minute later, repeatedly lifting and dropping his fellow senior, Miller, to the mat to ride out his way to the hardware…In doing so, Villalonga became the first of three Buc wrestlers to win their respective weight class. He was joined by 112-pound junior, Evan Silver and 189-pound senior, Mike Evans, as Blair walked to the team title by a margin of close to 40 points over second place St. Paris Graham High School.

In claiming the team title, Jeff Buxton’s team, wrestling without the services of nationally ranked 135-pounder, Austin Ormsbee, proceeded to place nine wrestlers in the top-8 at their weight class. In addition to the trio of champions, the Bucs had a runner-up at 152, as Villalonga’s current high school teammate and future college teammate, Jesse Shanaman, dropped a 7-2 decision to Central Mountain’s Dylan Alton…Alton won his title just minutes after twin brother, Andrew, reigned victorious in the 145-pound final…2009 marked the second straight year that the twins from the Keystone State doubled as champions….Other Blair Academy placewinners included 103-pound third place winner Max Hvolbeck, 119-pound sixth place winner, Mark Grey, 130-pound fourth place finisher Todd Preston, 215-pound eighth place finisher Dillon Hoffman, and 285-pound bronze medalist, Brooks Black…Black, only a freshman, is quickly looking like he could develop into another Mocco-caliber wrestler for the Bucs at heavyweight.

In perhaps the biggest upset of the finals, it was the #7 seed Reynolds High School junior, Mason Beckman (brother of current Hofstra wrestler, Lawrence) winning a 3-0 decision over the tournament’s top seed at 119-pounds, Monroeville’s Hunter Stieber….After a scoreless opening two minutes, Beckman would ride out Steiber the entire second period to keep the scoreboard stuck at 0…A quick escape, coupled with a late takedown would provide the margin for the 2x PIAA AA bronze medalist.

In the most anticipated bout of the finals, it was Hunter’s older brother Logan (the #1 overall recruit in the country), breaking open a close match in the third period, just missing bonus points in a 10-4 decision over Christiansburg’s Devin Carter (the #13 overall recruit)…Both talented wrestlers have already announced their college intentions with Stieber signed to compete next season at the Ohio State University and Carter committed to Virginia Tech…For his efforts, the future Buckeye was the recipient of  the most outstanding wrestler (m.o.w.) trophy. 

Other champions on the night included (in order of finals match): 130- Nate Skonieczny (Walsh Jesuit), 135- Cam Tessari (Monroeville), 160- Nick Sulzer (St. Edwards), 171- Charles Argue (Mount Carmel), 215- William Knowles (Cal. Chapel), 285- Michael McMullen (Wyoming Seminary), and 103- George DiCamillo (St. Ignatius).

2009 Walsh Ironman 140-Pound Final: Chris Villalonga (Blair Academy) vs. Ian Miller (Oak Harbor)


Finals Results:

130- Nate Skonieczny (Walsh Jesuit) Dec. Colton Rasche (Montini Catholic), 4-1

135- Cam Tessari (Monroeville) Dec. Simon Kitzis (Wyoming Seminary), 4-3

140- Chris Villalonga (Blair Academy) Dec. Ian Miller (Oak Harbor), 3-2 OT

145- Andrew Alton (Central Mountain) Dec. Brad Squire (Wadsworth), 5-4

152- Dylan Alton (Central Mountain) Dec. Jesse Shanaman (Blair Academy), 7-2

160- Nick Sulzer (St. Edwards) Won by Injury Default Brad Wukie (University School),

171- Charles Argue (Mount Carmel) Dec. Michael Alexander (Findlay), 5-2

189- Mike Evans (Blair Academy) Dec. Max Thomusseit (St. Paris Graham), 6-2

215- William Knowles (Cal. Chapel) Dec. Beau Wenger (Fairless), 9-4

285- Michael McMullen (Wyoming Seminary) Dec. Ben Buzzelli (Wadsworth), 5-2

103- George DiCamillo (St. Ignatius) Dec. Dean Heil (St. Edwards), 7-5 OT

112- Evan Silver (Blair Academy) Dec. Alex Cisneros (Selma), 10-4

119- Mason Beckman (Reynolds) Dec. Hunter Stieber (Monroeville), 3-0

125- Logan Stieber (Monroevile) Dec. Devin Carter (Christiansburg), 10-4

Team Scores (Top-15):

1. Blair Academy (NJ)- 196.5

2. St. Paris Graham (OH)- 157.5

3. St. Edwards (OH)- 137.0

4. Wyoming Seminary (PA)- 130

5. Central Mountain (PA)- 121.5

6. Wadsworth (OH)- 110.5

7. Bishop Lynch (TX)- 104.5

8. Broken Arrow (OK)- 101.5

9. Monroeville (OH)- 95.0

10. Montini Catholic (IL)- 84.0

11. Clovis (CA)- 76.0

12. Mount Carmel (IL)- 75.5

13. 15. Reynolds (PA)- 72.0

14. Oak Harbor  (OH)- 70.0

15. Arch Moeller (OH)- 68.5

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