NJ wrestling power rankings (1/2/13)
The Tigers hold the top spot after wins over Plainfield, Seton Hall Prep and St. Benedict’s Prep. They travel to Jersey City on Friday to take on No. 6 St. Peter’s Prep, the only team that defeated South Plainfield last season. The Tigers are ranked 27th in the nation by InterMat.
With four champions and seven finalists, the Crusaders captured the George Jockish BCCA Holiday Tournament title for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Bergen Catholic hosts Passaic Tech Friday and a tri-meet with No. 8 Southern Regional and St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) on Saturday. The Crusaders are ranked 42nd in the country.
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The defending BCCA champs were without state champ Razohnn Gross for this past weekend’s tournament, and finished third with three champions. The Ironmen travel to No. 12 Jackson Memorial on Saturday for a powerful quad-meet with No. 10 High Point, No. 15 Long Branch and the host Jaguars. Don Bosco Prep is ranked No. 50 nationally.
Bound Brook went 5-1 at the prestigious Clash Duals in Minnesota, nearly knocking off national power Apple Valley (MN) in the process, and finishing ninth overall. The Crusaders headline North Warren’s Patriot Duals on Saturday.
The Mustangs are still without several key starters they hope to get back in the coming weeks. Senior Tyler Richardson won the Mustang Classic 170-pound title while Connor Maliff (113) and Alec Donovan (138) both finished second. Brick Memorial faces rival Brick Township in a key divisional dual on Saturday.
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The Marauders have yet to wrestle a dual, but that changes in a big way Friday when top-ranked South Plainfield comes to Jersey City looking to avenge its only loss last season. St. Peter’s had six finalists and two champions at the Mustang Classic with Michael Russo at 113 and Jordan Fox at 195 winning titles. The Marauders will also host No. 14 St. Joseph and Haddonfield in a tri-meet on Saturday.
Freshman Brandon Paetzell placed second at 106 pounds and the Stateliners finished third at the Bethlehem Holiday Tournament. Tonight they host a matchup of ranked teams as No. 11 Delbarton travels to the famed “Pit” for the schools’ first ever meeting.
The Rams dominated the Governor Mifflin Tournament in Pennsylvania, placing 10 wrestlers among the top four. The Rams travel north to Oradell Saturday for a tri-meet with No. 2 Bergen Catholic and St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Freshman Kris Lindemann has officially burst onto the scene after a phenomenal week that included winning the Mustang Classic at 126 pounds. The Rebels had five wrestlers place in the top four. Howell faces Point Pleasant Boro Thursday and has a quad with Lacey, Moorestown and Burlington Township on Saturday.
The Wildcats were impressive at the Mustang Classic with championships from Dominick Gallo (106), Jared Kobis (120) and Jason Gaccione (145) and a second-place finish at 195 from Kyle Stoll. High Point hosts Nutley, travels to Kittatinny and heads to No. 12 Jackson for a quad also featuring No. 15 Long Branch and No. 3 Don Bosco Prep this week.
The Green Wave haven’t wrestled since the Beast of the East on December 23 but return to action tonight in the program’s first ever meeting with No. 7 Phillipsburg. Delbarton will also compete in the Newark Academy Tournament on Saturday.
The Jaguars swept a tri-meet with Pinelands Regional and Middletown South, and now prepare for a big match against town rival Jackson Liberty on Thursday.
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The Indians again proved how tough of a tournament team they are in winning the Walter Woods Tournament with five champions and a total of seven top-three finishers before a 30-point win over Matawan. They travel to Central Regional on Saturday for a tri-meet also featuring Colts Neck.
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Dominic Carfagno (195) and Kevin Wilkins (285) each won titles at the BCCA Tournament to help the Green Knights to a second-place finish behind Bergen Catholic. St. Joe’s travels to No. 6 St. Peter’s Prep on Saturday for a tri-meet also including Haddonfield.
Luke Balina (152) and Jake George (160) won titles at the Manchester Hawk Classic and the Green Wave placed a total of nine wrestlers in the top three to win the team championship. Saturday’s quad with Jackson Memorial, Don Bosco Prep and High Point - all ranked teams - will be a major test for the Wave.