YearTeam ChampionSummary
1993Brick MemorialBrick Memorial edged Blair Academy by 1 point in the inaugural tournament with 11 teams participating
1994Blair AcademyBlair took the top spot in the 16-team field. Catasauqua becomes the first L.V. school to participate and places 14th.
1995Blair AcademyThe Bucs repeated their win; Great Bridge VA was 2nd. No L.V. teams participated.
1996Blair AcademyThe field expanded to 22 teams with Blair winning by 100 points to take their 3rd team title. Northampton took 3rd as the Kids placed 8 wrestlers. Christian Luciano and John Hard won championships and Mike Sommer was 2nd.
1997Blair AcademyIn its 5th year, the tournament expanded to 35 teams and was now known as the Beast of the East. Blair had 9 placers to take the team title. Northampton had 3 finalists and 10 place winners to finish 2nd. Christian Luciano won his 2nd title and Tommy Rohn & John Hard finished 2nd. Easton had 7 placers, including runner-up Gino Fortebuno, and came in 7th. Parkland’s Derek Jenkins and Jon Trenge both won titles as the Trojans finished 9th.
1998Bald Eagle AreaBald Eagle Area placed 6 wrestlers in the top 4 to win the team title over McGuffey and Blair. Locals Parkland and Liberty followed in 4th & 5th. Liberty’s Brandon Mihalko and Parkland’s Jon Trenge both won titles. The Hurricanes had two runner-ups (Omar Rivera & Mario Stuart) as well while Nazareth, who placed 14th, had one in Steve Itterly.
1999St. Edward’sA talent-laden tourney with quite a few future NCAA champs and AA’s saw St. Edward's come out on top over Blair Academy. Northampton was back after a one-year absence and placed 4th with 2 runner-ups (Ryan McCallum & Phil Hard). Six other District 11 schools completed with Liberty's Brandon Mihalko & Parkland's Paul Velekei both finished 2nd.
2000Blair AcademyBlair won their first title in 3 years by outdistancing St. Edward's by 15.5 points and crowning 4 champs. Seven Lehigh Valley wrestlers made the finals as Northampton (3rd), Nazareth (5th), Wilson (6th) and Blue Mountain & Liberty (tied for 16th) all had fine performances in a 70-team field. The Kids had 3 champs in Aaron Suranofsky (who topped Northern Lehigh’s Justin Herzog 6-5 at 119), Seth Lisa and Phil Hard. In a 2nd all-Lehigh Valley final, Nazareth's Travis Frick beat Blue Mountain's John Carr 4-2 at 171 while Carr's teammate, Matt Feast won the 215-pound title.
2001Blair AcademyBlair was dominant in winning by 75 points over St. Edward's. Wilson was 3rd, finishing only 5 points behind St. Ed's as Jeremy Hartrum won the 112-pound title and Rob Stuenig was 2nd. Northampton was 4th as Jeff Eckloff won at 135. Whitehall was 6th with 4 placers including Christian Franco who lost 8-7 to Blair's Ryan Davis. Hartrum was named OW for beating WCE's defending state champ Jermaine Jones.
2002Blair AcademyThe Bucs won their 3rd straight title in closer fashion over St. Edward's and St. Paris Graham. Northampton was 5th with 6 placer winners; Jeff Ecklof dropped a 4-2 decision to Blair's Ryan Davis in the finals.
2003Blair AcademyKellen Russell, Lance Palmer, Troy Nickerson, Coleman Scott, Dustin Schlatter and Mack Lewnes to name a few of the wrestlers in the Beast finals who would go on to be future college stars. Blair again was the team champion in the 80-team tourney by almost 50 points over St. Edward's. Northampton was 3rd with 6 placers including 2nd place Josh Haines while Nazareth was 13th.
2004Blair AcademyBlair won their 5th title in a row while perennial contenders St. Edward's and Northampton dropped a bit in the team standings. Nazareth was the top local team at 10th with 2 runner-ups in Tim Darling and Joe Caramanica. Whitehall’s Ian McGoldrick also placed 2nd.
2005Blair AcademyBlair continued winning team titles by a wide margin with St. Edward's finishing 2nd. No local wrestlers made the finals for the first time since District 11 teams began more widely competing in the Beast in 1996. Upper Perkiomen was 5th while Nazareth was the top Lehigh Valley team at 8th by placing 3 wrestlers in the top 4. Future NCAA champs, teammates and 2011 opponents David Taylor and Bubba Jenkins were among the champions.
2006Blair AcademyNazareth became only the 2nd team from the Valley to finish 2nd in the team race at the Beast (Northampton was the first in 1997). Blair again took top honors. The Blue Eagles' Mike Mutch was a runner-up to lead 7 placers. Upper Perkiomen was 6th.
2007Blair AcademyCentral Dauphin challenged Blair for the team title but still fell about 20 points short despite a great performance. Northampton finished 5th with 6 medalists.
2008Blair AcademyBlair doubled up 2nd place Wyoming Seminary in the team race as they had 6 champions. PA teams had a great showing taking 5 of the top 7 spots in the team standings. Northampton was 6th with 5 wrestlers in the top 6.
2009Blair AcademyBlair had 5 champs to outpace Central Dauphin, Wyoming Seminary and St. Mark's who waged a great battle for 2nd place. With runner-up Zach Horan, Nazareth was the top local team at 13th.
2010Blair AcademyIt had been 9 years since a Lehigh Valley wrestler had claimed a title at the prestigious Beast of the East, but in 2010 there wre two. Bethlehem Catholic’s Darian Cruz won in OT at 103 while Nazareth's Zach Horan won at 130. Becahi's Zeke Moisey was 2nd. Blair again won the team title, followed by 4 PA schools, Wyoming Seminary, Pittsburgh CC, Bethlehem Catholic and Central Dauphin. Liberty had 3 medalists in the 102-team field.
2011Blair AcademyDarian Cruz defeated Pittsburgh CC's Vincenzo Joseph in the Beast final at 106 to win his 2nd straight title. Zeke Moisey, Randy Cruz & Elliot Riddick all finished 2nd as Bethlehem Catholic placed 3rd overall. Blair again won the team title while Wyoming Seminary was 2nd. Blair's Mark Grey became the 1st 4-time Beast winner.
2012Blair AcademyIn the 20th Beast of the East, Blair Academy won their 17th team title. Saucon Valley's Ray O'Donnell and Nazareth's Aaron Bradley both finished 2nd. Bethlehem Catholic had 3 placers to finish 11th while Northampton was 14th. Darian Cruz lost in the semi's in OT and finished 3rd at 120 in a weight won by Nathan Tomasello.
2013Blair AcademyBethlehem Catholic's Zeke Moisey won a Beast title at 126 in his 3rd finals' appearance, and Luke Karam was a runner-up as the Hawks finished 7th. Nazareth had 3 placers to finish at the top LV team at 5th in the 109-team tournament. The number of Lehigh Valley schools participating was down to 3 as Blair Academy continued their winning streak.
2014Blair AcademyBlair Academy won its 15th straight team title, and Bethlehem Catholic became only the 3rd LV school to finish 2nd in the team race. Luke Karam and Andrew Dunn both won titles for the Hawks who had 5 total medalists. Phillipsburg was 5th as Brandon Paetzell topped Northampton's Dan Moran in the 113-pound final. Future NCA champs, Nick Suriano and Myles Martin were both champs.
2015Blair AcademyNazareth sophomore Sammy Sasso won the 138-pound title to lead a total of 5 Nazareth medalists as the Blue Eagles finished 4th. In a battle of defending Beast champs, Nick Suriano pinned Luke Karam at 126 to win his 4th Beast title and lead Bergen Catholic to a runner-up finish in the team race behind Blair Academy. Mike Labriola also finished 2nd for the Hawks who finished 3rd.
2016Blair AcademyLehigh Valley wrestlers went 2 for 4 in the '16 Beast finals. Northampton's Julian Chlebove and Becahi's Mike Labriola won titles at 126 & 170, respectively. Becahi's Ryan Anderson and Nazareth's Travis Stefanik finished 2nd. Blair was again atop the team standings with Bethlehem Catholic 2nd, Nazareth 7th and Northampton 12th. It was a strong showing for LV-area schools which placed 14 wrestlers.
2017Blair AcademyBlair Academy and Bergen Catholic finished well ahead at 1-2 in the 25th Beast. Sammy Sasso was the lone LV finalist as he finished 2nd to top-ranked David Carr at 152. Bethlehem Catholic was 9th in the team standings.
2018Blair AcademyBlair Academy ran away with the team title with 7 champs. Bethlehem Catholic's Ryan Anderson won the 145-pound title while teammate Cole Handlovic was 2nd at 152. Bethlehem Catholic placed 5th overall with 2 additional placers while Northampton was 8th with 4 medalists. Notre Dame and Saucon Valley each had 2 medalists.
2019Blair AcademyBlair Academy won their 20th straight team title. Ryan Crookham and Andrew Cerniglia from Notre Dame had lost in the Iron Man final the week before, but both were able to claim the top spot at the Beast. In a great showing by LV wrestlers, 4 others made the finals and finished 2nd - Brett Ungar (ND 113), Kenny Herrmann (BC 138), Jagger Condomitti (No 145) and Cole Handlovic (BC 152). Overall, LV wrestlers claimed 14 medals with Notre Dame 5th, Nazareth 8th, Bethlehem Catholic 14th and Saucon Valley 18th all finishing in the top 20.

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