Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wrestling: North Hunterdon at Warren Hills preview

What: North Hunterdon Lions at Warren Hills Blue Streaks.

Where: Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington Township.

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Conference: Skyland Raritan Division.

Records: North Hunterdon 4-3 overall, 2-2 division; Warren Hills 12-5, 2-2.

Coaches: Tim Flynn (47-24, fourth season); Jarrett Hosbach (103-79, eighth season).

Series history: North Hunterdon leads, 33-21, dating to 1957. Lions won the last meeting, 38-19, on Feb. 3, 2011. Warren Hills' last victory was 35-23 on Jan. 21, 2010. These longtime rivals did not meet last season, the first time the series was interrupted since 1996. The only other time these programs did not meet was 1985. There have been two postseason meetings -- a 41-27 win for Warren Hills in the 1997 Group 3 final and a 40-26 victory for North Hunterdon in the 2005 North 2, Group 3 sectional semifinals.

Note: North Hunterdon wrestlers listed first with season records in parentheses.

106 -- So. Paul Robinson (11-5) vs. So. Austin Pidoto (14-7).

113 -- Fr. Derek Ciavarro (11-6) vs. So. Max Nauta (17-4).

120 -- So. Ryan Pomrinca (17-2) vs. So. John Fluck (11-8).

126 -- Sr. Matt Moncourtois (10-9) vs. Sr. Joe Kratochvil (20-2) or Jr. Tai Adetula (11-8).

132 -- Fr. Brian Smolinsky (9-6) or Jr. Eric Martin (3-5) vs. Fr. Raymond Steinmann (0-1) or Kratochvil.

138 -- So. Michael Sicola (4-6) vs. Sr. Kevin Bundschuh (15-7) or Sr. Tom Rush (5-17).

145 -- Jr. Mike Ciavarro (17-3) vs. Fr. Anthony Roessner (1-5) or Rush.

152 -- Sr. Brendon Balzano (1-6) vs. Jr. Evan Butka (13-10).

160 -- Jr. Joe Guzzo (10-8) vs. Sr. Xavier Adetula (6-5).

170 -- Sr. Brandon Loftus (8-8) vs. Jr. Ryan Ostir (12-10).

182 -- Sr. Liam Korbul (14-5) vs. Jr. Steve Cleaver (12-10).

195 -- Sr. Dan Pepe (11-6) vs. Jr. Ryan Witner (12-11).

220 -- Sr. Brad Straight (2-7) vs. Sr. Tyler Bridygham (11-8).

285 -- Jr. Anthony Bugyi (5-8) vs. So. Andrew Pacheco (19-4).

Breakdown: Just another one of these too-close-to-call dual meets we've come to know and love this season in the Hunterdon-Warren area. Warren Hills is a little banged up, so we'll see if the Blue Streaks are at full strength for this one. Meanwhile, North Hunterdon has not wrestled since Friday's 33-22 win over Delaware Valley -- two days after Del Val upended Warren Hills, 43-18. There are several potential rematches in this one as the teams saw one another at the John Goles Invitational and HWS tournaments. Key bouts will be 106 (Robinson d. Pidoto, 8-7, in JG finals), 126, 132 (Kratochvil d. Smolinsky, 3-2, at JG), 160, 170 (Loftus d. Ostir, 4-3, in JG finals), 195 (Pepe d. Witner, 5-3, in HWS) and 220. Butka pinned Guzzo at JG. Nauta also won a close one against Ciavarro, 5-3, at HWS, so the hosts are looking for more there. I think each team gets its fair share of bonus points in this one, but the Lions win a few more of the close ones to pull out the road win.

Prediction: North Hunterdon, 34-27.

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