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2017 DISTRICT 17 PREVIEW

DISTRICT 17 @ Hillsborough
Directions To Hillsborough High School

LINK TO BRACKETS

Teams: Franklin, Hillsborough, Hunterdon Central, Keansburg, Middletown North, Middletown South, South River, Spotswood, West Windsor Plainsboro South

Quarters: 9:30am
Semis: 11:30am
Finals: 3:00pm

Two of the Top 15 teams in the state here in Hunterdon Central, ranked 7th, and #15 Middletown North. Figure the team title race to come down to these two teams.

106: Top 4 heavy here. #1 seed Tyler Klinsky of Middletown North has had a 30-win freshman season, while Hunterdon Central's Anthony Romaniello could be a darkhorse out of the 4-seed. All freshmen in this bracket with the lone exception being #2 Brandon Murray of WWP-South, who is a sophomore.

113: Top-seeded Jack Bauer of Hunterdon Central won D17 last year, and was 2nd in R5. 2nd-seeded Freddy Luchs of Midd North pinned #3 Michael Holland of Midd South in a dual earlier this season. 

120: Junior Hunter Graf of HC is a 2-time District Champ, the R5 champ last year, and an 8th-place finisher as the States in 2016. He's an overwhelming favorite here.

126: Very strong bracket, but the top-seed Peter Nace of HC is looking to become a 4-time Champ, making him a strong favorite. 2nd-seed Anthony Donnadio of Hillsborough finished 3rd in D18 a year ago. #3 Mark Pacheco of South River went 21-6 this year, while 4-seed Sean Deering of Midd North is a 2-time Region qualifier.

132: HC's #1 Vincent Romaniello placed 2nd in D17 last season. Freshman Joey Zargo of South River, leaped into the 2-seed on the strength of a pin over WWPS's Joseph Salerno, a 3rd place finisher in D20 last year.

138: #1 Bryce Hall is another of HC's heavy-hitters. #2 seed Sean Thompson of WWPS was 28-2 during the regular season and was a 3rd-place finisher in D20 in 2016. 

145: Top-seeded Stanley Wojdylak of Midd North was a D22 Champion last year, and one win away from a Region medal. #2, HC's Kevin Criesa, won D17 last year, and punched a ticket to AC with a 3rd place finish in R5. #3 Chase Smith of Franklin was 3rd in D18 last season.

152: #1 Shea Obado of Spotswood placed 2nd in D20 last year at 145, while WWPS's Steven O'Campo was 2nd in D20 at 152.The two met back in December, with Obado taking a 4-3 decision.

160: Deep weight with the top 6 here all being over .500. The top seed is Midd North's Nicko Cofone, who places 3rd for the Lions in D22 last season. 2nd-seeded Kevin Faulkner of Hillsborough is 25-1 this season, with his lone loss coming in the semis of the Somerset County Tournament semis. He later avenged that loss. #3 Justin Weimer of Midd South and #4 Duncan Kreutter of WWPS finished in a tie in seeding points, but get Weimer got the higher seed based on higher win percentage. Could be a good thing as the 5-seed Dan Furmato of Hunterdon Central can be dangerous.

170: Top-seeded Brian Winz of Midd North has very quietly had a really strong year for the Lions, and wrestled up for a good portion of it. #2 Alec Balestrieri placed 3rd at 152 in D18 last season. #3 Steven Walling of Midd South had a strong regular season, winning 25 bouts. He has a tough opener with HC's frosh Julian Helligtag. #4 Brandon Szersen of South River jumped into that spot from #6 via his head to head major over #5 Michael LeRoy of Spotswood. 

182: Potential here for a great final if the seeds hold. Midd North's Thomas Anderson, who placed 2nd in D22 / 4th in R6 a year ago, received the top seed. The #2 seed is HC's Michael Iodice, 1st D17 / 2nd R5 in 2016, who finished one win shy of a medal in AC last season. 3rd seed is Hillsborough's Michael Dooley, coming off a 25-6 regular season.

195: Could be the most wide open weight here, with no returning District placers. Also interesting in that there's only one senior here. South River's Kyle Baszak earned the top-seed on the strength of a solid 25-4 season. Midd South's Jack Hardzewicz is in the 3-slotm but has a great shot here. He has an All-Shore opening match against Midd North's Kevin McCarthney. Again, can't count out any HC guy as they are plenty battle tested. Their entrant here is frosh Lukas Bakerian at #4. He gets 11-3 sophomore Liam Riecks of Keansburg in an interesting opener. 

220: HC's top-seeded Victor LaCombe is the top-seed here and a strong favorite. A defending D17 & R5 champ who placed 5th in the State, one would imagine he'll be extra pumped coming into this tournament after last week's loss in the Groups. The 2-seed here, Austin Dewise of Midd North, came from virtually out of nowhere last year to place 3rd in D22.

Hwt: This could be a great battle here. Middletown South's Adam Markman originally had the #1 seed, but was jumped by Keansburg's Paul Liseno on the strength of Liseno's 6-1 victory in a dual. If the seeds hold, Markman would face Midd North's Ray Nelson in the semis. Markman edged Nelson, 4-3, in their meeting in a dual earlier. Again, beware the HC guy in #4 Angelo Crespo.
























 


















































































































































































































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