Monday, January 6, 2014

Wrestling: New Jersey Wrestling Writers Top 20

Bergen Catholic's wrestling team, which placed third at The Clash national duals tournament in Minnesota over the weekend, retained its No. 1 ranking in the New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Top 20 poll.

Injury-riddled Bound Brook, which competed in the same tournament without four starters, dropped to No. 5 in the rankings and lost its No. 2 spot to St. Peter’s Prep, which defeated the Crusaders at The Clash.

No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 4 Phillipsburg each moved up a spot, while Hanover Park, with an impressive showing at the Henry Boresch Duals over the weekend, made the biggest jump in the rankings, moving from No. 12 to No. 8 following victories over No. 11 Howell and No. 15 Raritan.

Roselle Park, which won its own holiday tournament, finishing ahead of Hanover Park, debuts in the Top 20 in the final spot this week, taking the place of Warren Hills, the lone team to drop out of the rankings after opening the year at No. 15.

Rank
School
Record
Votes
Prev
1
Bergen Catholic
4-2
340
1
2
St. Peter’s Prep
5-1
313
3
3
Don Bosco Prep
1-0
308
4
4
Phillipsburg
1-0
287
5
5
Bound Brook
3-4
284
2
6
Delbarton
0-0
252
6
7
High Point
0-0
236
7
8
Hanover Park
3-0
215
12
9
Brick Memorial
5-0
200
9
10
Kittatinny
3-0
184
8
11
Howell
9-1
179
10
12
Paulsboro
3-0
157
13
13
Southern
3-0
145
11
14
St. Joseph-Mont.
0-1
121
14
15
Raritan
13-2
104
   16
16
South Plainfield
7-2
76
18
17
Hunterdon Cent.
3-0
54
19
18
Clearview
7-0
46
   20
19
Delaware Valley
5-2
37
17
20
Roselle Park
3-0
25
   NR
Others receiving votes: North Hunterdon 7, St. Augustine Prep 4, DePaul 2, Warren Hills 2, Monroe Township 1, Roxbury 1, Voorhees 1.

NJWWA VOTING MEMBERS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER): Donald J. Brower(MorrisCountyHSWrestling.com); Patrick Buganski (The Mat Pack); Bill Evans (South Jersey Times); Frank D'Esposito (TheShoreConference.com); Steve Falk (Asbury Park Press of Neptune and Hitting the Mats); Brian Fortner (Express-Times); Harry Frezza (Courier News of Bridgewater); Joe Hofmann (Daily Record of Parsippany); Screwy Louie Lazzari (New Jersey Wrestling Historian); John Lewis (Burlington County Times); Ron Mazzola (On the Mat); Tom McGurk (Courier Post of Cherry Hill); John O'Kane (The Press of Atlantic City); Anthony Spaulding (New Jersey Herald); Greg Tufaro (Home News Tribune of East Brunswick); Mike Weilamann (Open Mike/Mugs Media); Joe Zedalis (Trenton Times).

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