(Sr) Nicholas Golden - Allentown
(Sr) Joey Lamparelli - Allentown (3-time Champ)
(Jr) Nicholas Moldaver - Colts Neck
(Sr) Luke Rada - Colts Neck (2-time Champ)
(Jr) Logan Waller - Colts Neck
(Sr) Tyler Klinsky - Middletown North (3-time Champ)
(Sr) Chris McCarthy - Middletown North
(Sr) Aidan Meyler-McAuliffe - RBC
CBA: 84 Champs - Last: Sam LaCorte & Derek Smith in 2019 / Streak: 9 Seasons / 4 Team Titles - Last: 2016
The Colts have a nine-season run with multiple District Champions. An odd, and entirely coincidental, number is that the Colts' last two streaks with a District Champion has ended when the year ends in zero. 2010 stopped a nine year run and 2000 stopped a six year streak. The last CBA wrestler to win a District Title as a freshman was Richie Koehler in 2015, the Colts have a pair of frosh with 1-seeds this year in Julian George at 126 and Tyler Barrett at 145, and a freshman 2-seed in Zander Silva at 132.
TOP 4 SEEDS
1: George (126) / Barrett (145)
2: Principe (113) / Silva (132) / Diamond (170)
3: Geissler (106) / Garber (152)
4: Nini (120)
Colts Neck: 21 Champs - Last: 4 in 2019 / Streak: 3 Seasons / 0 Team Titles
The Cougars, who lead the field with 7 #1 seeds, have never won a Team Title at the Districts. They've come close on a couple of occasions, finishing 2nd, including last year's runner-up finish to Middletown North. The Cougars have never had a heavyweight win a District Championship, and senior Thomas Lidondici has a great chance at becoming the program's first as the top seed in this year's bracket.
TOP 4 SEEDS
1: Lyristis (106) / Moldaver (132) / Waller (138) / Zajac (152) / Rada (182) / Koenig (195) / Lidondici (Hwt)
3: Novoselov (126) / Barsky (160) / Santiago (220)
Middletown North: 145 Champs - Last: 3 in 2019 / Streak: 6 Seasons / 14 Team Titles - Last: 2019
No Monmouth County program has won more individual titles than the Lions. With three #1 seeds, and four #2 seeds, North is looking to tack on to that number, and to also win their 2nd consecutive District Team Title, and 15th overall. Senior Tyler Klinsky had a busy end to the regular season, picking up seven wins in the final two days to raise his career win total to 158, tying him for 2nd all-time in the Shore Conference, and putting him seven behind the all-time leader, Rob Kanniard of Wall with 165. He is also looking to become the Lions' 3rd ever 4-time District Champion, joining Mike Florio and John Hockin. Also, it's hard to believe with as much success they've had over their careers, seniors Freddy Luchs (a 3-time finalist) and Thomas O'Keefe (a 2-time finalist) are both looking for their first District Titles.
TOP 4 SEEDS
1: Klinsky (113) / Luchs (120) / Cerbo (220)
2: Oden (106) / O'Keefe (126) / Farrell (152) / Lubrano (182)
3: Butler (132) / McCarthy (145)
4: Heller (160) / Kanski (195)
RBC: 30 Champs - Last: Aidan Meyler-McAuliffe in 2019 / Streak: 1 Season / 0 Team Titles
Aidan Meyler-McAuliffe snapped a 4-year streak without a District Title for the Caseys last season. Now he attempts to become their first 2-timer since Mike Schower went back-to-back in 2000 & 2001. Schower's titles were also the final in a run of three consecutive seasons for the Caseys with a District Champ, the last time they had a championship streak. While they didn't get any top seeds in this year's draw, they do have four #2 seeds, including Meyler-McAuliffe, and talented freshman Sabino Portella.
TOP 4 SEEDS
2: Brewton (138) / Portella (160) / Meyler-McAuliffe (195) / Cody (Hwt)
4: Learn (106) / C Ungemah (145) / Palmieri (170) / DiStefano (182)
Weight To Watch
Most of these weights have potential finals that have some interesting stories behind them, including if Shore Conference frosh like Silva, George, Barrett, Oden, Palmieri, and Portella can claim titles. Can guys like Koenig from Colts Neck, Paglia from Allentown, and Luchs and O'Keefe from Midd North, who have all made multiple finals appearances capture their first titles? Do Midd North's Klinsky and Allentown's Lamparelli 4-peat? But I'm going to go with that 120-pound weight class. Freddy Luchs and Middletown North's strength of schedule allowed him to outpoint the 3-time Champ, Joey Lamparelli, who has twice finished a win away from the podium in AC, for the top seed in this weight. Both are expected to get returning District Medalists in the semis, if the seeds hold, with Luchs drawing CBA's Sam Nini, who finished 2nd in the Districts at 106 last year while wrestling for Allentown, while Lamparelli would get Bordentown's Colman Ermi, who finished 3rd in the District at 113 last season.
This looks like it's going to be a two horse race between Colts Neck and Middletown North. Both teams have their hammers, but I think the road to racking up points might have a few less obstacles for the Cougars than for North, so I'm going with Colts Neck to claim their first ever District Team Title.