2017 DISTRICT 27 PREVIEW
DISTRICT 27 @ Rancocas Valley
Teams: Brick Twp, Camden, Central, Cherry Hill East, Haddon Twp, Haddonfield, Lacey, Lindenwold, Rancocas Valley, West Deptford
106: #1 Hunter Gutierrez enters the postseason undefeated at 31-0. He was the D24 champ last season, and punched a ticket to AC with a 2nd place finish at R6. #2 Mike Martinak of Haddon Twp was 2nd in D28 a year ago. West Deptford's Jake McConville went from the 5 to 3-seed via his 13-9 win over #4 Ryan Bolletino of Haddonfield. The 4/5 here good be pretty good between the 20-11 Bolletino, and 23-9 Jacob Kosowksi of Rancocas Velly.
113: Top seed Gabriel Dollard is a returning District champ and placed 4th in R7 in 2016. The 2-seed, Nick Palese of West Depford was a 3rd place finisher in D29. At #3, Brick's Joe Ferigne was the 106-pound champion in D23 a season ago. Lacey's Timothy Downs is in the 4-seed and will face Declan Skelly in his opener, with the winner facing Dollard.
120: Haddonfield's Jack Mooney, a 3rd place finisher in D28 last season, is the top seed. RV's Jiya Gannone (30-2) is in the slot, followed by Brick's Jonathan Mora at #3.
126: Lacey's Luke Moynihan, a D24 champ in 2015 and runner-up in 2016, is the top seed. #2 Evan Finnegan of Haddonfield is a 3-time D28 runner-up. #3 Eric Cole is the wins leader here, with 28. The 4/5 will feature Central's Curtis Lively (18-7) vs. Jesse Keesal, a 19-9 frosh from Cherry Hill East.
132: 2016 D23 runner-up David Santiago of Brick earned the top seed, while Lindenwold's Dominic Augello, the D30 champ at 126 a year ago, is at #2. These two should be strong favorites to reach the finals.
138: Strong weight here with West Deptford's Dylan Fischer, a state-qualifier in 2016, in the top spot. Lacey's Luke Gauthier, a D24 placer in 2015, is in the 2nd seed. At #3 Nick Bateman of Haddonfield jumped Haddon Twp's #3 Chad Ball with a pair of decision victories, while Ball passed Lindenwold's Nate Harris-Norton by virtue of his 11-4 head to head win. Those two meet again in the 4/5.
145: West Deptford sophomore Corey Fischer, the #1 seed, went 28-4 this season, with one of those victories coming against the number 2 seed, Vincent Delligatti of Haddon Twp. It was one of only two losses for Delligatti, who is a 2-time D28 runner-up, and placed 4th in R7 in 2015. At #3 is Brick's Richard Cosgrove, a 3rd-place finisher in D23 last season.
152: Haddonfield's #1 Christopher Bollentino is a 2-time D28 runner-up, but advanced to AC last season after placing 3rd in R7 at 145. A trio of 19-bout winners are seeded behind him with Haddon Twp's Spencer Gaylert at #2, Lacey's Riley D'Ornellas at #3, and Rich Brown of West Deptford at #4.
160: Lacey's Matthew Garrity, a 2-time D24 medalist who recently recorded his 100th win, at the top seed. Haddon Twp's #2 Brandon Hopkins was the D28 champ at 160 last season, winning his three bouts by a total of four points. He shows a tendency to pull out a lot of close bouts. At #3 is Daequan Jackson-Swoope of Rancocas Valley, who lost a 10-0 major to Garrity a couple weeks ago. The rest of the field here is all sub .500, and will have some work to do to crack the top 3 here.
170: Top-seeded Drew Bowker of Rancocas Valley won the D25 title as a frosh last season. He's 32-2 entering the tournament. The Shore's highest seed here is at #5 in Brick's Nicholas Wojtaszek.
182: A familiar face to the Shore is seeded at #1 in Seon Bowker. Bowker, who transferred to Rancocas Valley from Southern a couple of weeks back, was a D24 champion in 2016 and a runner-up in 2015. He holds a 3-2 decision win this season over the #2 seed, Dean Helstowski of Brick, one of only two losses on the year for him. Helstowski is a 2-time State-qualifier, having made it to AC his freshman and junior years. These two are heavy favorites to meet in the finals.
195: Only a 7-man bracket here, and could be one of the more wide open weights. Sophomore Gabriel Klaus (21-10) of Haddonfield earned the top seed. In the #2 seed is Central's highest seeded wrestler, Michael Bickford. Bickford (18-4) has quietly had a strong year for the Eagles with several solid wins. Bickford received the 2-seed by a single point over #3 Andres Serrano of Cherry Hill East. Also checking in the top 4 from the Shore is sophomore #4 Christian Malta.
220: Junior Will Murray of Haddonfield had over 80 more seeding points than the next highest entrant, making him the overwhelming top seed. Stephen Geralds jumped from #5 to #2 because of his 7-4 win over #3 Frank Hapstak if Haddon Twp. The top Shore entrant here is Brick's Patrick Giesler who is at the #5 seed.
Hwt: #1 Ryan Swenson of Cherry Hill East had his season cut short in 2016, but in 2015 he was the D27 runner-up and 4th place finisher in R7 at heavyweight. He holds a 5-1 TB win over the #2 seed, Antonio Mercado of Camden, a 3rd place finisher in D28 a year ago. Brick senior is the Shore's highest seeded entrant here at #3.