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The rally cry at St. Ignatius this past fall was 11 in ’11. The Wildcats pulled it off, winning their 11th state football title.

Not to be outdone — does the one-upsmanship ever end between these schools? — St. Edward is going for 12 in ’12 this winter. The Eagles seek their 12th wrestling national poll championship.

It won’t come easy, and if it happens, it will be well earned.

By the end of this month, second-ranked St. Edward will have wrestled dual meets against the Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 teams in the country, according to two national polls. That’s a rare challenge on any level, and the Eagles show signs of being a rare team.

St. Edward owns the No. 2 spot in both the Amateur Wrestling News and HSWrestling.net polls. It is expected to face consensus No. 1 Blair (N.J.) Academy in a dual-meet tournament Jan. 14 in Brodheadsville, Pa.

“There’s going to be so many close, overtime matches. It’s going to be nuts,” senior Ty Walz said. “I love that atmosphere.”

Last week in Rochester, Minn., the Eagles beat the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 teams, including 2011 national champ Apple Valley, Minn., 32-22. St. Edward won two of three overtime bouts against Apple Valley.

The Eagles are fired up for Sunday’s Ohio Duals and the Blair match later next week. They want to show how much they have improved since finishing sixth behind champion Blair at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman on Dec. 10.

For Complete Article by Tim Warsinskey, The Plain Dealer