The Hill School wrestling team enters the 2016-2017 wrestling season poised for a return to the front ranks of National Prep Wrestling. With four returning National Prep place winners and five National Prep qualifiers in addition to a solid group of talented newcomers and returning lettermen bolstering Hill’s roster, The Blues aim to break into the top tier at The National Prep Championships in February. The Hill is coming off of a 13th place (out of 135) finish at National Preps, following a 12th place finish in 2014, with all four 2016 National Prep place winners returning. In the past five seasons, Hill wrestlers have garnered 12 individual places at National Preps.
In the past two years, Hill graduates have gone on to wrestle at national powerhouses Michigan and Virginia Tech and past and current team members have been and are currently being recruited by Ivy League teams.
Building on a tradition that dates back to the 1940s, the Hill’s recent resurgence has been fueled by a dedicated core of coaches and athletes who share the goal of elevating Hill to the top ranks of prep school wrestling. Hill wrestlers and their program benefit from a generous Hill Wrestling Association on an annual basis, as well as several endowment funds that support their operations and program overall. Additionally, a spring freestyle and Greco Roman program that gives wrestlers the opportunity to wrestle through the spring. Hill wrestlers frequently represent Pennsylvania and other states each summer at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND.
Additionally, Hill offers its wrestlers the opportunity to compete against the best prep and high school programs in the nation. Hill’s experienced coaching staff preps novice and elite wrestlers for success on and off the mats. In 2016, in addition to completing the dual meet season with a 15-6 record, placing fourth in the Pennsylvania state private school championships and 13th at National Preps, Hill wrestling was proud to see its first female wrestler and varsity letter winner matriculate to the premed studies program at The United States Military Academy. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Hill wrestling. Go Blues!