Monday, January 16, 2017

Wrestling: New Jersey Writers Association Top 20

For the second straight week, five teams from the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area appear in the latest New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Top 20 poll.

Phillipsburg (5-1), with wins over No. 7 Hunterdon Central (34-24 on Wednesday) and Kittatinny (45-19 on Thursday) remains in the No. 5 spot. The Stateliners will square off against No. 11 Hanover Park (8-1) on Thursday at Phillipsburg High School.

Delaware Valley (8-2) falls one spot to No. 10, while Pope John (7-1) jumps up three spots to No. 9 after winning its first team championship in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament on Saturday -- besting second-place Hunterdon Central by three points.

The Lions dropped a 50-13 decision to No. 1 Bergen Catholic on Monday.

Rounding out the local teams ranked is No. 17 High Point. The Wildcats (8-1) will face No. 13 Delsea on Saturday as part of a quad at Roxbury High School.

Bergen Catholic (4-1) remains the unanimous No. 1 team for the second straight week. The Crusaders, who collected all 13 first-place votes and have been ranked No. 1 in the poll every week since the 2013-14 season, beat Passaic Tech, 59-4, last Wednesday, but dropped a 30-29 decision to Clovis High School, a California team ranked sixth in the country by InterMat Wrestling.

(Records through Monday)

1Bergen Catholic (13)(4-1)2601
4South Plainfield(18-1)2254
6Bound Brook(5-3)1946
7Hunterdon Central(6-2)1767
9Pope John(7-1)16012
10Delaware Valley(8-2)1429
11Hanover Park(8-1)1359
14Queen of Peace(4-0)8816
16Seton Hall Prep(19-0)49          NR
17High Point(8-1)4418
18Don Bosco Prep(5-4)4213
19Monroe Township(11-1)36          NR

Others receving votes: Collingswood (11-1) 9; DePaul (4-2) 8; Middletown North (12-0) 8; North Hunterdon (9-2) 4.

NJWWA voting members (in alphabetical order): Donald J. Brower (; Frank D'Esposito (; Steve Falk (Asbury Park Press and; Josh Friedman (Courier Post of Cherry Hill, Daily Journal of Vineland); Screwy Louie Lazzari (New Jersey historian); John Lewis (Burlington County Times); Ron Mazzola (NJWWA president, Region 5 ranking chairman); Tom McGurk (Courier Post of Cherry Hill); Anthony Spaulding (New Jersey Herald); Mark Trible (Courier Post of Cherry Hill); Greg Tufaro (Home News Tribune of East Brunswick); Mike Weilamann (Open Mike); Brad Wilson (Express-Times).

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