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It's time. Welcome to Day One of the 2018 Shore Conference Wrestling Season.

The journey begins tonight in the Shore with matches in Brick Memorial and Barnegat, kicks into full gear tomorrow with all of the Shore 44 in action, and culminates in 80 days at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City with the State Championship Finals. There is a blank slate for every team; a blank slate for every wrestler. Time to make your mark. Looking forward to providing full coverage for what has the potential to be another very big year in the Shore. So check in often, and let's do this. And, oh yeah, GO GET IT!

All team previews are now up on their respective pages. Below you'll see some notes for this season, and I'll be adding some more stuff throughout the day, leading up tonight's Southern at Brick Memorial match. Then, we'll be here all day tomorrow adding results and brackets, as they come in. I'll send the early request now for brackets/results from tomorrow's tournaments to be sent to DESPO424@comcast.net

Finally... Facebook users, please check out the JSIWA HALL OF FAME PAGE. Info on there on how to nominate candidates for the JSIWA Hall of Fame Class of 2018, and more. Give it a look and a like, won't you?

Now. Let's Go!



Asbury Park: @ Monmouth Regional
Barnegat: vs Cedar Creek (Friday)  /  Garden State Classic (Saturday)
Brick Memorial: vs Southern (Friday)  /  TCNJ Pride (Saturday)
Brick Twp:  Colt Classic
CBA: Colt Classic
Central: Quad w/ Keansburg, Allentown, Middlesex  @  Central
Colts Neck: TCNJ Pride
Donovan Catholic:  Colt Classic
Freehold Boro: Garden State Classic
Freehold Twp: TCNJ Pride
Holmdel: Ewing Tournament
Howell: Paulsboro Tournament
Jackson Liberty: Neptune Classic
Jackson Memorial: Robin Leff Invitational
Keansburg: Quad w/ Central, Allentown, Middlesex  @  Central
Keyport: Ewing Tournament
Lacey: TCNJ Pride
Lakewood:  @ Manchester
Long Branch: Neptune Classic
Manalapan: Nottingham Invitational
Manasquan: Icebreaker
Manchester: vs Lakewood
Marlboro: Colt Classic
Matawan: Icebreaker
Middletown North: Bayonne Battle at the Bay
Middletown South: Icebreaker
Monmouth: vs Asbury Park & St Rose
Neptune: Neptune Classic
Ocean Township: Delaware Valley Tournament
Pinelands: Colt Classic
Pt Beach: TCNJ Pride
Pt Boro: TCNJ Pride
Raritan: Archbishop Wood Tournament
RBC: Icebreaker
Red Bank: Edison Tournament
Rumson: Caldwell Tournament
St John Vianney: Robin Leff Invitational
St Rose: @ Monmouth
Shore: Shawnee Tournament
Southern: @ Brick Memorial (Friday) / Robin Leff Invitational (Saturday)
TR East: Neptune Classic
TR North: Colt Classic
TR South: Haddonfield Tournament
Wall: Colt Classic

Matches To Watch

Obviously there are a lot more, but here's a few that I thought I'd mention.

Friday, December 15th
Southern  @  Brick Memorial
Rams & Stangs launch the season on opening night for the 2nd straight year.

Tuesday, December 19th
CBA  @  Manalapan
Who is the top contender to Howell in A-North? We get a good look early as the Colts visit the Braves.

Wednesday, December 20th
Middletown North  @  Wall
The Crimson Knights, who took a hit to graduation in the upperweights, have a big test early on as they take their shot at the defending B-North Champs.

Friday. December 22nd
Jackson Memorial  @  Pt Boro
Great opportunity for one of these teams to make a big early statement, and it's on a Friday night! 

Long Branch  @  Middletown North
Huge B-North showdown as the defending champion Lions host a loaded Green Wave.

Brick Memorial  @  TR North
I'm pretty sure North has beaten Brick Memorial before, but if it did, it was before the "Website Era". North returns a bit more experience this season, giving them a bit of an edge early on.

Saturday, December 23rd
Pt Beach  @  Lacey
Beach has beefed up their non-Conference slate a bit this year. Great early test for both teams with their eyes on the Top 10 11.

RBC  @  Red Bank Regional
I love my crosstown rivalry matches. Red Bank has taken the last three in the series, but RBC returns as balanced a lineup as they've had in several years as they look to end the snide.

Middletown North  @  Hunterdon Central
Lions travel to Flemington to battle the Group 5 Finalist Red Devils as part of a tri with Bishop Ahr.

High Point  @  Southern
The Rams host the defending NJ1G2 Champions as part of a home quad with Atlantic City and Woodstown.

Thursday, December 28th
NJUWL Rumble In The Pines @ Lakewood
This 8-team tourney, that also features locals Asbury Park & Neptune, will have a lot of enthusiasm from the programs involved. That it will be held at Lakewood, whose program was almost eliminated, makes it that much better.

Saturday, December 30th
CBA  @  TR North
Interesting matchup as both teams return a strong group and could be Top 10 11 contenders. 

Wednesday, January 3rd
Ocean Township  @  Long Branch
Spartans look to snap a 4-match slide to their rivals.

Thursday, January 4th
Raritan  @  Phillipsburg
Rockets travel to PBurg to take their shot at knocking off the powerful Stateliners.

Saturday, January 6th
Hunterdon Central, Kittatinny, & West Deptford  @  Howell
Howell takes on Hunterdon Central in rematch of last year's Group 5 final, as part of a quad with Group 1 runner-up Kittatinny, and West Deptford.

Colts Neck vs. Manalapan
Part of a quad at Jackson Liberty that goes a long way to help deciding the top challenger to Howell in A-North.

Monday, January 8th
Howell  @  Manalapan
Braves get their crack at knocking off the champs, as they host the Rebels in a big A-North matchup.

Tuesday, January 9th
Southern  @  Jackson Memorial
Latest installment of one of the Rams/Jags rivalry.

Wednesday, January 10th
Raritan  @  Long Branch
Another big matchup between two of the Shore's top teams. LB hosts the Rockets in what is a match that always has a great atmosphere.

Friday, January 12th
Brick Twp  @  Brick Memorial
Dragons have not beaten their cross-town rivals since 2010.

Pt Boro  @  Lacey
The top two contenders for B-South meet on a Friday night in Lanoka Harbor.

Wednesday, January 17th
St John Vianney  @  Raritan
Lanced or Launched? A-Central Title expected to be on the line as SJV travels to the Launch Pad.

Shore  @  Pt Beach
Another Divisional Title could be on the line as the Blue Devils visit the Garnet Gulls.

Thursday, January 18th
South Plainfield  @  Howell
Rebels host Tigers, winners of the last two Group 3 Titles.

Friday, January 19th
Pt Boro  @  Pt Beach
I know some people don't like when I say this but, "The Best Rivalry In The Shore!" The atmosphere will be insane, and the gym will be sold out, for the "Battle For Pt. Pleasant".

Middletown South  @  Middletown North
Got to like the increase of Friday night matches this season, especially the rivalry matches. South gets their shot at North.

Jackson Memorial  @  Howell
Another big Friday night match at the Shore as the former kings of the Shore take on the current kings.

Saturday, January 20th
Southern  @  South Plainfield
Rams visit the Group 3 Champs in a big non-conference showdown.

Monday, January 22nd
Manalapan  @  Ocean Township
Former A-North rivals haven't met since 2013. Could be an interesting matchup between two Top 10 11 teams depending how things go down between now and then.

Pt Boro  @  Southern
The Rams have not lost to a fellow Ocean County team since 2013. If that streak carries to this date, Boro gets their crack at it.

Wednesday, January 24th
Pt Boro  @  Ocean Township
This has been a great matchup since the teams added each other to the schedule three years ago. All three of those matches were decided by 3 points or less.

Friday, January 26th & Satruday, January 27th
Shore Conference Tournament

Saturday, January 27th
Southern  @  Phillipsburg
Another Shore Conference team makes the trip up north to face the 21-time Group Champions.

Wednesday, January 31st
Manalapan  @  Raritan
Potential is here for some very interesting individual bouts as the Braves travel to Hazlet.

Saturday, February 3rd
Ocean Township  @  Phillipsburg
Spartans make the trek up north for their first ever meeting with the Stateliners.

Dates Of Importance

11/27: Official Start of Practice
12/15: Opening Day
1/15: 2-Pound Growth Allowance (Fat Monday)
1/26-27: Shore Conference Tournament
1/27: State Sectional Cutoff
1/30: Sectional Seeding
2/3: End of 30-match Season
2/5,7,9: State Sectionals
2/11: Group Championships @ Pine Belt Arena in Toms River
2/16-17: Districts
2/21, 23-24: Regions
3/2-4: State Championships in Atlantic City