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TUESDAY, JANUARY 16TH

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Latest NJWWA Top 20 is now online.

This week's schedule is listed below.

Wednesday Night Hype Train is posted just below the well-placed advertisement.

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TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE

A-NORTH
Colts Neck  @  CBA  -  5:30pm

A-SOUTH
TR North  @  Southern  -  6:30pm





WEDNESDAY NIGHT HYPE TRAIN

With Howell, Southern, Long Branch, and Pt Boro having taken control of their respective divisions, the focus turns to A-Central and B-Central on Wednesday night, with two pivotal bouts.

#4 St. John Vianney  at  #2 Raritan

Since the creation of the A-Central division in 2005, Raritan has claimed the title in every season except 2010. They look to take a major step towards making it 13 titles in 14 years, and 17 titles overall, as they host the Lancers of St John Vianney at the “Launch Pad.” On the opposite side, the Lancers will be in search of the program’s first ever divisional crown.

Both teams enter this matchup currently ranked in the NJWWA Top 20, with the Rockets checking in at #10, while the Lancers are at #16. The Rockets have lineup the more impressive dual resume so far this season, with in-Shore wins against Long Branch and Jackson Memorial, as well as non-conference wins over Cherokee, Kingsway, and state-ranked North Hunterdon. Vianney, meanwhile, has flexed its muscle in some tough individual tournaments in the Sam Cali Invitational, the Mustang Classic, and the Robin Leff Tournament.

On paper, the Rockets seem to have a little deeper of a lineup, and have the big match experience, not to mention a home mat edge, that they hope will give them an advantage. The stretch of the lineup from 132-Hwt is a huge strength, featuring 2-time State-qualifier Russell Benson at 132. Vianney counters with some big time hammers sprinkled throughout the lineup, including four returning State-qualifiers in Tyler Pepe, Nick Caracappa, Josiah Walker, and Steven Giannios. 

In trying to break this one down on paper, which Resilite does not make, Vianney will look to their talented lightweights of Pepe at 120, and a trio of frosh in undefeated Dean Peterson at 106, Joseph Butler at 113, and Seth Rotondella at 126, to possibly give them an edge. The edge appears to then turn towards the Rockets at 132 with the run of Benson, AJ Erven at 138, Christian Sookdeo at 145, Nick Polaco at 152, and Dylan Lonnay at 160.

170-Hwt, should have the pad rocking, with potential matchups of #8 Anthony Aquilano (14-4) vs. #1 Nick Caracappa (15-1) at 170, #3 George Burdick (16-1) vs. Jaden Lowe (7-4) at 182, Justin Acevedo (13-5) vs. #5 Josiah Walker (6-2) at 195, #4 Ethan Wolf (17-0) vs. #1 Steven Giannios (15-2) at 220, and Matt Spirko (13-4) vs. #3 Paul Liseno (11-3) at heavyweight.

Should be a great matchup, and we’ll have bout by bout updates here for those that can’t make it.




Shore Regional  at Pt Beach

Since 2007, the B-Central title has gone to either Pt Beach or Shore Regional, and Wednesday night’s dual will once again put the winner on the inside track to B-Central supremacy.

Beach has won 8 of those titles since 2007, and has amassed 20 divisional crowns overall, while the Blue Devils are in search of their 8th divisional championship overall. The Gulls enter the matchup at a clean 15-0 on the year, which includes a team title in their division at the Disney Duals. Shore is off to a 9-3 start to the season, with their only losses coming to Top 10 teams in the Shore, Brick Memorial, Pt Boro, and Ocean Township.

Both teams have a group of lowerweights that have gotten off to very strong starts, but for Shore, this is the strength of their lineup, and they will need that group to come up big here. The potential matchups down low look like this: (Shore listed first)
#4 Jack Maida (16-1) vs. Kip Lovgren (13-4)
#8 Matt Klemser (15-1) vs. Will Jarvis (15-2)
Brad Smuro (11-6) vs. Riley Simon (10-7)
#8 Al DeSantis (14-3) vs. Mike Duffy (10-2)

The Blue Devils have shown a little more depth down here this season, so we could see some shuffling and/or bumping, but it’s a crucial stretch for them.

126-160 is where Beach has their most depth, and has two of their big guns in returning District medal winners #8 Jesse Bowers (14-2) at 132 and #5 Jimmy Sherlock (14-3) at 152. 138 could be a big matchup with Shore’s talented frosh Mike McGhee (14-5) possibly facing either Jude Lovgren (11-4) or Anthony Luongo (7-0).

The battle up top will be interesting. The only wrestler from either team to compete in last year’s match from 160-up is the Blue Devils’ Mike Rosati (13-5). So both teams will be matting a lot of new faces to the rivalry in the uppers. Should be interesting to see how they respond to what should be a pretty electric environment.

I'll go ahead and call the defending champs with home mat advantage the favorites, but we'll throw in the X-Factor, will the Gulls be looking ahead to Friday night's Battle of Point Pleasant?





MONDAY'S RESULTS

LAKEWOOD TRI
Lakewood  42  -  North Brunswick  37  (BOX SCORE)
Lakewood  51  -  Pinelands  29  (BOX SCORE)
Pinelands  48  -  North Brunswick  28  (BOX SCORE)

TRIS/QUADS
Barnegat, Cumberland, Oakcrest  @  Hammonton  -  10:00am




MATGUARD Wrestler of the Week Nominees

(So) Ty Bailey  -  Pt Boro
Panther sophomore was 5-0 this week, with the highlight victory coming in Friday's win over Lacey, as Bailey decisioned State qualifier Luke Moynihan, 8-4. 

(Sr) Nick Caracappa  -  St John Vianney
Wrestling from the 5th seed, Caracappa defeated three State qualifiers, including top-seeded Tyler DeLorenzo of East Stroudsburg South, a Pa. State qualifier, to win the 170-pound title at the Sam Cali Invitational.

(Sr) Scott Dupont  -  Holmdel
Dupont set a new school record for career wins (122) in style, recording a walk-off pin in the Hornets win over Barnegat.

(Sr) Dan Esposito  -  Howell
D. Espo, not to be confused with D'Espo, went 5-0 for the Rebels this week, highlighted by a 4-3 win in the ultimate tiebreaker against Manalapan's Alex Baran, in a matchup between returning State qualifiers.

(Sr) Luke Gauthier  -  Lacey
Big week for Gauthier as he reached career win #100 on Saturday, and picked up a win over State qualifier, Spencer Robinson of Pt Boro, on Friday.

(Sr) Jaleel Gopaul  -  Keyport
Gopaul was 4-0 for the week, including a 1st place finish at the Buc Classic where he knocked off #1 at 126, Max Brignola of Rumson, to win the 126-pound title.

(Fr) Jack Kelly  -  Rumson
Came from out of the 7th-seed to knock off the #'s 1, 2, & 3 seeds to win the 145-pound title at the Buc Classic.

(Sr) Jack Kelly  -  Wall
Senior recorded his 100th career win on Saturday.

(Sr) Ethan Wolf  -  Raritan
Wolf recorded a pivotal win for the Rockets in their win 27-26 win over Long Branch, by bumping up and defeating top-ranked heavyweight Kevin Cerrutti, 4-1. 3-0 for the week, Wolf remains undefeated on the season at 17-0.

(Sr) Dyon Womack  -  Colts Neck
More Wo-magic this week as the senior knocked off State qualifier Luke Rada of Howell, who was ranked #1 in the Shore at the time, to remain on a red hot streak.






WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17TH

A-NORTH
Freehold Boro  @  Freehold Twp  -  6:00pm
Marlboro  @  Manalapan  -  6:00pm
Neptune  @  Howell  -  6:30pm

A-CENTRAL
Monmouth  @  Rumson  -  6:00pm
St John Vianney  @  Raritan  -  6:30pm

A-SOUTH
TR South  @  Brick Memorial  -  6:30pm
Brick Twp  @  Southern  -  6:30pm

B-NORTH
Wall  @  Long Branch  -  6:30pm

B-CENTRAL
Shore  @  Pt Beach  -  6:00pm

B-SOUTH
Lacey  @  Donovan Catholic  -  5:30pm
Jackson Liberty  @  Manchester  -  6:00pm
Lakewood  @  Pt Boro  -  6:00pm
Pinelands  @  Barnegat  -  6:30pm

NON-DIVISION
Keyport  @  Central  -  5:30pm
Holmdel  @  Middletown South  -  5:30pm
Middletown North  @  Manasquan  -  6:00pm
Ocean Township  @  TR East  -  6:30pm

NON-CONFERENCE
Notre Dame  @  RBC  -  6:30pm
Peddie  @  Red Bank  -  6:30pm


THURSDAY, JANUARY 18TH

A-SOUTH
Jackson Memorial  @  TR North  -  6:30pm

B-CENTRAL
Keansburg  @  Pt Beach  -  6:00pm

B-SOUTH
Donovan Catholic  @  Pt Boro  -  6:00pm

NON-DIVISION
Asbury Park  @  Lakewood  -  6:00pm
South Plainfield  @  Howell  -  6:30pm

NON-CONFERENCE
Camden  @  Lakewood  -  6:00pm


FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH

A-CENTRAL
Rumson  @  St John VIanney  -  7:00pm

B-NORTH
RBC  @  Manasquan  -  5:30pm
Middletown South  @  Middletown North  -  6:30pm

NON-DIVISION
Jackson Memorial  @  Howell  -  6:30pm
Pt Boro  @  Pt Beach  -  7:00pm

NON-CONFERENCE
Brick Memorial  @  Ewing  -  6:00pm
Shore  @  Highland Park  -  6:00pm
Raritan  @  Monroe  -  7:00pm

JACK WELCH DUALS
CBA, Long Branch


SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH

A-SOUTH
TR South  @  Brick Twp  -  11:00am

NON-CONFERENCE
Southern  @  South Plainfield  -  6:30pm

TRIS/QUADS
Barnegat, Lower Cape May, Shawnee  @  Burlington Twp  -  9:00am
Brick Memorial, TR East, Cinnaminson  @  West Deptford  -  9:00am
Freehold Twp, Marlboro, Neptune  @  Colts Neck  -  9:00am
Donovan Catholic, Monmouth, Raritan  @  Red Bank  -  9:00am
Freehold Boro, Nottingham, Robbinsville  @  Wall  -  9:00am
Pascack Valley, Piscataway  @  Howell  -  9:00am
Keansburg, Rumson, Trenton  @  Middletown South  -  9:00am
Holmdel, Keyport, Shore  @  Matawan  -  9:00am
Manalapan, Absegami, Bordentown  @  Lacey  -  9:00am
Manchester, Freehold Boro  @  Pinelands  -  9:00am
Middletown North, Lenape Valley, Old Bridge  @  Wayne Valley  -  9:00am
Ocean Township, Parsippany  @  Bridgewater-Raritan  -  9:00am
Delsea, High Point, Paulsboro  @  TR North  -  9:00am
Central, Jackson Liberty, Lakewood  @  Jackson Memorial  -  10:00am
Manasquan, Pt Beach, Maple Shade  @  Steinert  -  10:00am
St John Vianney, Delaware Valley, Don Bosco  @  Pope John  -  10:00am

JACK WELCH DUALS
CBA, Long Branch























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













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