Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wrestling: Warren Hills at Delaware Valley preview

What: Warren Hills Blue Streaks at Delaware Valley Terriers.

Where: Delaware Valley Regional High School, Alexandria Township.

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Conference: Skyland Raritan Division.

Records: Warren Hills 9-2 overall, 2-0 division; Delaware Valley 3-4, 0-1.

Coaches: Jarrett Hosbach (100-76, eighth season); Andy Fitz (91-32, sixth season).

State rankings (New Jersey Wrestling Writers): Warren Hills No. 15; Delaware Valley unranked.

Series history: Delaware Valley leads 25-18 dating to 1963. Terriers have won three straight meetings, including a 43-30 win in Washington last year on Feb. 11, 2012. Blue Streaks' last victory was 38-36 on Feb. 5, 2009. Prior to that meeting, Del Val won eight straight from 1999 to 2006. Teams did not meet in 2007 or '08 after wrestling continuously from 1972 to 2006.

Note: Warren Hills wrestlers listed first with season records in parentheses.

106 -- So. Austin Pidoto (10-6) vs. Fr. Vito Intili (9-7).

113 -- So. Max Nauta (12-4) vs. Fr. Kyle Refalvy (1-1) or Fr. Jake Moore (0-3).

120 -- Jr. Tai Adetula (10-4) vs. Jr. Mike Adam (10-6) or So. Ryan Erwin (4-4).

126 -- Sr. Joe Kratochvil (16-1) or So. John Fluck (8-7) vs. Sr. Mike Pongracz (11-0).

132 -- Jr. Justin Pidoto (1-4) vs. Sr. Matt Gilmore (7-6).

138 -- Sr. Kevin Bundschuh (14-5) or Sr. Tom Rush (3-14) vs. Jr. Holden Baker (8-6).

145 -- Rush or Bundschuh vs. Jr. Codey Leh (3-2) or Baker.

152 -- Jr. Evan Butka (12-8) vs. Sr. Alex Niemann (10-4).

160 -- Sr. Xavier Adetula (3-3) vs. Jr. Kody Eichlin (10-2).

170 -- Jr. Ryan Ostir (12-9) vs. Jr. Nour Mays (2-9).

182 -- Jr. Steve Cleaver (10-8) vs. Jr. Luke Zehnbauer (10-6).

195 -- Jr. Ryan Witner (9-6) vs. Sr. Ryan Metz (4-4).

220 -- Sr. Tyler Bridygham (7-7) vs. Jr. Brian Baehr (12-4).

285 -- So. Andrew Pacheco (15-4) vs. Jr. Andrew Bloom (4-9).

Breakdown: Warren Hills matches up extremely well in this one and should have the opportunity for plenty of bonus points, especially in the lower weights. The Blue Streaks are favored in eight bouts straight up, though not by a lot in some of those. Delaware Valley needs matchups at 126 (Pongracz-Kratochvil) and 132 (Gilmore-Pidoto) and wins at 120, 152 and 220 (Bridygham pinned Baehr in the John Goles finals) and bonus some points at a few others, I feel, to pull this off. I see the visitors as slight favorites at 120 and 152, and could blow this open if they can run Kratochvil, Pidoto and Bundschuh up. Gilmore pinned Kratochvil in the Goles finals, but highly unlikely to happen again. Tai Adetula pinned Adam in last year's dual. Question is weigh-ins. Will Warren Hills have Kratchovil, Pidoto and Bundschuh up? Will Del Val have Pongracz and Gilmore down or insert Iriwn and bump up? Nauta may even be up at 120, given Del Val's inexperience at 113. Leh beat Rush, 2-1, at the Goles, while Ostir pinned Mays and Pacheco nipped Bloom, 4-3, in late December. I think the Streaks win eight and possibly more depending on matchups.

Prediction: Warren Hills, 38-22.

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