Sonnieboy Blanco joined the Thomas More staff in 2018 after his stint on the Muhlenberg coaching staff in 2017 after a stellar collegiate career at Washington & Jefferson College.
Blanco was a two-time All-American at 174 for W&J, finishing third at the NCAA Championships in 2017 and fifth in 2016. He finished his career as the Presidents' all-time leader in career wins (124) and single-season victories (42) and was seventh in career winning percentage (.821; 124-27).
He was named W&J's male athlete of the year in 2017.
Blanco, who graduated from W&J with a degree in communication arts in 2017, took an unusual path to earning All-America status. Born in Liberia, he moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters at age 4 when civil war broke out. His family eventually settled in Burlington, N.J., but he did not start wrestling seriously until he was a sophomore in high school.
A two-time district champion and a state qualifier at Burlington City High School, Blanco went 28-12 and set the school record for takedowns as a freshman at W&J.