Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wrestling preview: Kittatinny at Warren Hills

What: Kittatinny Cougars at Warren Hills Blue Streaks.

Where: Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington Township.

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Conference: Independent.

Records: Kittatinny 4-0; Warren Hills 3-2.

Coaches: John Gill (453-141-5, 32nd season); Jarrett Hosbach (80-70, seventh season).

Series history: Kittatinny leads 15-7 dating to 1982, including a 45-24 victory in the last meeting on Jan. 22, 2009, to stretch its win streak to seven in this rivalry. Cougars won by an average margin of 30 points in those last seven contests. Warren Hills' last win was 38-29 in 1997. The teams met continuously from 1982-95, but have wrestled only eight times since in the series

Note: Kittatinny wrestlers listed first with season records in parentheses.

106 -- So. Christian Silva (6-4) vs. Fr. Max Nauta (7-1).

113 -- So. Nick West (4-5) vs. So. Tai Adetula (9-1).

120 -- Jr. Dave Popek (8-3) vs. Sr. Chris Greenwald (8-1).

126 -- Sr. Avelino Jacinto (5-1) vs. So. Justin Pidoto (3-4).

132 -- Fr. Tom Murphy (7-3) vs. Sr. KC Wanamaker (6-3) or Jr. Joe Kratochvil (3-5).

138 -- So. Nick Romyns (9-1) vs. Wanamaker or Kratochvil.

145 -- Fr. Brandon Olsen (5-6) vs. So. Nate Detrick (4-3).

152 -- Sr. Clarke Moynihan (9-1) vs. Sr. Brandon Cruse (3-4).

160 -- So. Kieran Gerrity (8-1) vs. So. Ryan Ostir (4-5).

170 -- Jr. Jake Brook (7-4) vs. Jr. Xavier Adetula (3-3).

182 -- So. Garrett Armstrong (6-3) vs. So. Steve Cleaver (4-2) or Sr. Ryker Kern (3-2).

195 -- So. Dylan Wunder (8-2) vs. So. Ryan Witner (4-5).

220 -- Sr. Jake Drelich (5-5) vs. Sr. Dan Smith (7-0) or Jr. Andrew Papanastasiou (0-3).

285 -- So. Tom Smith (3-5) vs. Jr. Tyler Bridygham (1-2) or Fr. Andrew Pacheco (0-0).

Breakdown: Nice to see this match back on both teams' schedules after a two-year hiatus. Blue Streaks haven't had their full lineup, and won't until junior 138-pounder Kevin Bundschuh returns in early January. Kittatinny ace Jacinto is still battling shoulder problems and did not wrestle in the Cougar Classic on Tuesday, but is expected to wrestle. Straight up, I think the visitors are favorites from 126-160, except a tossup at 145, and have a slight edge at 182 and 195. If the Cougars get all of those, that's seven. Warren Hills has the edge down low from 106-120 and at 220 with a Smith-Drelich matchup that it will need to possibly win the match. Murphy and Romyns vs. either Wanamaker or Kratochvil are bouts to watch as well. I see the Streaks needing the flip to control 220 matchup and winning four of five (145, 170, 182, 195 and 285) to pull this off. That's a lot to ask. This one will be decided from 170 through 285.

Prediction: Kittatinny, 33-24.

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting matchup. Although it could be a ten point margin, it also seems like it could be very, very close. Wish I were in Jersey....