Pairings and seeds for the NJSIAA District 1 Tournament will be finalized during a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Warren Hills Regional High School, this year's host site.
There are eight former champions in this year's field -- including two from 2011. Tyler Kozimor of Hackettstown (2010-11) and Nick Matthews of West Morris (2011-12) are attempting to become three-time champions.
The 2012 winners returning are: Phillipsburg's Zach Fisher, Steve Friedman and Andrew Kaluzny; Warren Hills' Joe Kratochvil and Belvidere's Evan Bray. North Warren's Matt Ritchie won a title in 2011.
Wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m., on Friday with the quarterfinals. Action continues at 11 a.m., Saturday with the semifinals, followed by third-place consolations at 2 p.m. (one mat) and the championship finals to follow at 4. The top three finishers at each weight class advance to the Region 1 Tournament at Wallkill Valley.
Here is a look at the pre-seeds for each weigh class. Only head-to-head results will change seeds, otherwise strictly points (which are also unofficial until Wednesday night) will determine where wrestlers are placed in their respective weight classes.
1-Sr. C.J. Miele (19-12), Mount Olive
2-Jr. John Schade (18-10), West Morris
3-So. Gino Fluri (18-15), North Warren
4-So. Austin Pidoto (18-12), Warren Hills
5-So. David Van Duyne (19-16), Hackettstown
6-Fr. Brandon Paetzell (26-5), Phillipsburg
7-So. Dylan Bluestone (6-22), Mendham
8-So. Jimmy Smith (4-20), Belvidere
Note: Pidoto beat Schade, 6-3, and was pinned by Paetzell. So the Stateliner will jump up to the No. 2 seed. Pidoto will be No. 3 with wins over Fluri and Van Duyne. Schade will be 4, Fluri 5, Van Duyne 6, Bluestone 7 and Smith 8.
1-So. Max Nauta (25-4), Warren Hills
2-Fr. Joe Renne (24-11), Hackettstown
3-Sr. Zach Fisher (24-7), Phillipsburg
4-So. Dylan Luciano (17-13), West Morris
5-Fr. Chris Schlegel (19-14), Mendham
6-So. Zach Jones (10-19), North Warren
7-So. Javan Viola (6-9), Belvidere
8-Fr. Alan Anagnostos (5-17), Mount Olive
Note: Nothing changes here. Fisher has a double-loss to Nauta, a runner-up last year, while Luciano also lost to Nauta. Renne's 4-3 win over Mendham's Vince Pallone, 4-3, gave him big points. Pallone was a state qualifier in 2011.
1-Sr. Cory Fleming (27-7), West Morris
2-Jr. Matt Ritchie (25-5), North Warren
3-Sr. Vince Pallone (17-15), Mendham
4-So. Steve Friedman (18-13), Phillipsburg
5-Jr. Tai Adetula (14-12)/So. John Fluck (15-11), Warren Hills
6-So. Matt Silva (19-12), Mount Olive
7-Jr. Tony Figueroy (12-16), Hackettstown
8-So. Matt Hambacher (3-11), Belvidere
Note: Nothing changes here. District 1 runner-up Fleming beat Ritchie, 6-5, and decked Pallone twice. Pallone also has a double-loss to Ritchie.
1-Sr. Joe Kratochvil (26-5), Warren Hills
2-So. David Migliaccio (23-9), West Morris
3-Jr. Kenny Morgan (11-15), Belvidere
4-Jr. Matt Nicotra (10-23), Hackettstown
5-Sr. Cory Cohn (8-18), Mendham
6-Jr. Tylor Petchonka (7-10), Phillipsburg
7-Jr. Nico Fluri (7-24), North Warren
8-So. Dan O'Neill (7-17), Mount Olive
Note: Nothing changes here. Kratochvil, a Region 1 runner-up last season, defeated Migliaccio, 2-1 in overtime. Petchonka is a dangerous No. 6 in the bottom half.
1-Sr. Brandon Rothman (28-7), Hackettstown
2-So. Eric Friedman (27-6), Mendham
3-Jr. Ron Spera (27-6), Mount Olive
4-Sr. Anthony Johnson (9-7), Phillipsburg
5-Jr. Justin Pidoto (5-8), Warren Hills
6-Jr. John Norgard (11-13), North Warren
7-Fr. Robert Panetta (4-7), Belvidere
8-Fr. Caleb Isemann (3-8), West Morris
Note: Rothman beat Friedman, 4-0. Meanhwile, Johnson was a Region 1 runner-up last season, while Pidoto was third in the district as a freshman. No changes here.
1-Sr. Nick Matthews (32-2), West Morris
2-Sr. Mason Ryzoff (24-9), North Warren
3-Sr. Kevin Bundschuh (16-9), Warren Hills
4-So. Max Elling (18-12), Phillipsburg
5-Jr. Tyler Dombrosky (11-16), Belvidere
6-So. Walter Atencio (9-22), Mendham
7-Fr. Anthony Carida (7-11), Hackettstown
8-So. Erick Matos (2-18), Mount Olive
Note: Matthews owns wins over Bundschuh (3-2), Ryzoff, Dombrosky and Atencio. He's locked in at No. 1. Here's where it gets funky. Dombrosky pinned Ryzoff, so he would jump to 2. Bundschuh beat Dombrosky so he moves to 2 and Dombrosky to 3. But Elling, a runner-up last year, pinned Bundschuh so he jumps to 2, Bundschuh to 3 and Dombrosky goes to 4. Ryzoff is 5 after all of that movement.
1-Sr. Jesse Thorsen (25-2), Belvidere
2-Sr. Brandon Carcuffe (28-6), West Morris
3-Sr. Tyler Kozimor (25-5), Hackettstown
4-Sr. Andrew Kaluzny (20-11), Phillipsburg
5-Fr. Anthony Duardo (8-14), North Warren
6-Sr. Tommy Rush (5-26), Warren Hills
7-Jr. Matt Epstein (1-16), Mendham
8-No entry, Mount Olive
Note: Thorsen was a runner-up as a sophomore and won the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament -- beating Kaluzny, 3-1, in the final. Kaluzny dropped Kozimor, 5-4, in a highly controversial semifinal matchup. Carcuffe, lost to Thorsen, 7-3. So, it goes 1-Thorsen, 2-Carcuffe, 3-Kaluzny and 4-Kozimor. Tough weight with a Region 1 champ as the No. 4 seed. Kozimor is two wins shy of 100 for his career.
1-So. Jimmy Schuitema (26-3), Phillipsburg
2-Jr. Tommy Vazzano (27-6), Mount Olive
3-Jr. Evan Butka (19-13), Warren Hills
4-Jr. Johnny Hayes (15-9), North Warren
5-So. Kenny Kane (15-10), Belvidere
6-So. Kevin Sears (13-17), West Morris
7-Sr. Eddie Dulio (11-20), Hackettstown
8-Sr. Mike Fusaro (3-8), Mendham
Note: Butka has a double-loss to Schuitema, who was a third-place finisher last season. Sears beat Kane, 7-4, so they'll swap spots at 5 and 6. That's all here.
1-Jr. Sam Button (27-5), Mendham
2-Jr. Jake Kocsis (22-8), Phillipsburg
3-Sr. John Sickles (24-7), West Morris
4-Jr. Anel Kadiric (15-12), Mount Olive
5-Sr. Xavier Adetula (8-9), Warren Hills
6-So. David Harris (7-16), Belvidere
7-So. Jack Butrymowicz (7-7), North Warren
8-No entry, Hackettstown
Note: Button, a runner-up at 152 last season, possesses wins over Sickles and Kadiric, as well as Harris. Adetula lost to the Nos. 2 and 3. The order stays the same here.
1-Sr. Adam Kratch (28-6), West Morris
2-Jr. Anthony Colabella (27-6), Mount Olive
3-Jr. Ryan Ostir (15-16), Warren Hills
4-Jr. Broderick Bupivi (19-12), Phillipsburg
5-Sr. Tyler Toth (14-8), Belvidere
6-Sr. Vincent Rucerto (10-20), North Warren
7-Jr. Raymond Katz (6-8), Mendham
8-Jr. Rafael Garcia (1-28), Hackettstown
Note: Kratch beat Colabella, 11-6, and Ostir, 10-0. Bupivi beat Ostir, 9-0. So Bupivi and Ostir trade spots. That's all here.
1-Sr. Evan Bray (23-5), Belvidere
2-Jr. Steve Cleaver (18-13), Warren Hills
3-Sr. Nick Scheuplein (12-11), Mount Olive
4-So. Joe Maso (9-7), Phillipsburg
5-Fr. Joseph Frumolt (12-10), North Warren
6-Jr. Aldo Cammalleri (9-18), West Morris
7-So. Alec Skaltsis (5-20), Mendham
8-No entry, Hackettstown
Note: Bray, a Region 1 champion last season, has wins over Nos. 3, 4 and 5. Cleaver and Maso have split, with Maso getting the most recent win -- a pin in the dual meet. That will jump the Stateliner up to No. 2 and make Cleaver, who also beat Frumolt and Cammalleri, No. 3.
1-Jr. Jesse Windt (27-7), West Morris
2-Jr. Ryan Witner (15-16), Warren Hills
3-Sr. Andrew Trejo (17-13), Mount Olive
4-Sr. Jim Conte (11-11), Mendham
5-Jr. Greg Galante (16-14), North Warren
6-So. Tim Hinkle (15-14), Phillipsburg
7-Sr. Mike Farrell (13-7), Belvidere
8-Sr. Bruce Gurnowski (14-14), Hackettstown
Note: Windt owns wins over Witner, Trejo, Conte, Galante and Gurnowski. Conte beat Trejo, 5-2 so they will flip-flop. Farrell decked Galante, while Witner beat Hinkle, 7-3. Farrell will jump to 5, Galante drops to 6 and Hinkle is 7, setting up an interesting rematch with Witner on Friday night. Trejo-Farrell will be the 5-4 matchup -- Trejo won, 6-2, in their last meeting. Witner beat Farrell, 5-4, in December.
1-Sr. J.B. Lawson (23-4), Belvidere
2-Sr. Pete Andrich (30-3), Mount Olive
3-Sr. Tyler Bridygham (15-13), Warren Hills
4-So. Will O'Connell (19-13), North Warren
5-Sr. Kyle Kinney (10-8), Phillipsburg
6-So. Aaron Flitcroft (9-4), Mendham
7-So. Theodore Gurnowski (8-11), Hackettstown
8-No entry, West Morris
Note: Lawson beat Andrich, 5-2, on Feb. 2. Nothing changes here.
1-Sr. Ryan Appleby (24-3), Belvidere
2-So. Andrew Pacheco (26-5), Warren Hills
3-Jr. John Martinez (20-11), Mount Olive
4-Sr. Jarrett Williams (24-6), Phillipsburg
5-Sr. Matt Fox (17-16), Mendham
6-Sr. Scott DeBoey (10-13), West Morris
7-So. Colin Mayer (8-16), North Warren
8-Sr. Miguel Garcia (3-7), Hackettstown
Note: Appleby beat Pacheco, 13-7, while Williams beat Appleby, 7-5, in sudden victory in the HWS semifinals. Pacheco owns two wins over Williams -- so that round robin is thrown out of the seeding equation. Appleby, who was third here last year, pinned Martinez in 35 seconds. Martinez decked Fox in December. The pre-seeds hold here.