Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wrestling: Bound Brook at Phillipsburg preview

What: Bound Brook Crusaders vs. Phillipsburg Stateliners.

Where: Phillipsburg High School, Lopatcong Township.

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Conference: Skyland Raritan Division.

Records: Bound Brook 3-2, 1-0 division; Phillipsburg 2-0, 1-0.

Coaches: Shaun Cleary (75-23, fifth season); Dave Post (98-17, seventh season).

Series history: Phillipsburg leads 2-0 dating to 2015 -- a 36-30 win on the road last season and a 30-18 victory at The Pit in '15. This series between state powers began when Bound Brook moved into the Raritan Division for the 2014-15 school year.

Note: Bound Brook wrestlers listed first with season records in parentheses.

106 -- Open vs. Jr. Cullen Day (8-5).

113 -- Fr. Mark Venson (5-7) vs. So. Travis Jones (7-4).

120 -- So. Sean Snodgrass (1-7) vs. Jr. Tyris Manley (2-3) or So. Brenden Fox (2-4).

126 -- Open vs. So. Cody Harrison (4-2).

132 -- So. Carlos Ugalde (3-4) vs. So. Kyle Tino (4-4) or Jr. Josh Ramos (1-2).

138 -- Sr. Robert Cleary (13-3) vs. So. Colin Emery (0-4).

145 -- Jr. Joe Casey (13-4) vs. Jr. Brian Meyer (10-5).

152 -- Sr. Stephan Glasgow (9-1) vs. So. Jayson Zinsmeister (2-5).

160 -- Sr. Matthew Duarte (3-7) vs. Jr. Shamyr Brodders (1-3).

170 -- Sr. Travis Hays (8-3) vs. So. Austin Roth (1-6).

182 -- Sr. Mekhi Lewis (15-0) vs. Sr. Dan Fisher (4-2).

195 -- Sr. George Walton (13-2) or Fr. James Baines (0-0) vs. Sr. Drew Horun (12-3).

220 -- Sr. Michael Borja (4-8) or Walton vs. Sr. Robert Melise (8-2).

285 -- So. Jervey Sistrunk (12-3) vs. Sr. Justen Caraballo (4-5).

Breakdown: Two of New Jersey's top teams will christen the spacious gym at the new Phillipsburg High School -- the winner to seize control of what is sure to be an entertaining Raritan Division race. Hard to believe, but the visitors, a consensus Top 10 team, will forfeit at least two weight classes. So the Stateliners, who are coming off a solid 38-22 win over Raritan on Tuesday, will be up 12-0 before the first whistle. Bonus points should be plentiful on both sides. Straight up, Bound Brook is heavily favored at 138, 152, 170, 182 and 285. In addition to the forfeits at 106 and 126, P'burg has the edge at 113, 126, 132 (with Tino) and 220. I'd call 145, 160 and 195 tossups, though the 'Liners are expected to bump Horun and Melise up a weight in order to win 220 and 285. But in doing so, they will forfeit at 195, and if they lose the flip, Bound Brook could chase Horun with Walton. Also look for Harrison to bump up in order to sweep 106 through 132. Bound Brook needs to win 145 and 160, and doing so could mean a run of seven in a row from 138-195. But if P'burg bumps Horun and Melise it's hard to see wins anywhere else. The Crusaders have plenty of horsepower with two state champions in Glasgow and Lewis, and three placewinners in Cleary (seventh, a transfer from Edison), Casey (seventh twice) and Walton (fourth), but the forfeits hurt and the 'Liners get the job done at home by winning the key bouts.

Prediction: Phillipsburg, 37-31.

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