2017 DISTRICT 31 PREVIEW
DISTRICT 31 @ Delsea
Teams: Absegami, Delsea, Gloucester Catholic, Highland, Mainland, Overbrook, Pennsville, Pinelands, Pitman, Timber Creek
106: (So) Hayden Jeannotte - 8th Seed (8-15)
Jeannotte will open in the prelims with #9 Marquis Edmonds-Parker (8-16) of Overbrook. The winner will get #1 seed, Nicholas Digiacomo of Timber Creek, a 25-4 sophomore.
113: (Sr) Riley Stephenson - 4th Seed (10-11)
Stephenson will take part in the 4/5 bout against #5 Michael Slusher of Pennsville, an 8-6 sophomore. The winner will face the top seed in the bracket, Seth Henry of Highland, a 2-time State-qualifier.
120: (Sr) Danny Diaz - 8th Seed (8-7)
Diaz opens in the preliminary round against Gloucester Catholic's Christian Reimer (6-12). The winner will face #1 Edison Echevarria of Delsea, the 2016 R8 champ at 120.
126: (So) Samuel Cardillo - 9th Seed (6-10)
Cardillo opens in the prelims against Gloucester Catholic's 11-9 frosh, Sage Dougherty. The winner gets #1 Justin Cariss of Highland, a State-qualifer at 120 as a frosh last year.
132: (So) Dylan Imbrenda - 9th Seed (8-16)
Another Wildcat/Ram matchup in the prelims as Imbrenda takes on #8 Aidan Burow, a 10-11 frosh. The winner will get the top-seeded James Geigold of Absegami, a 2-time D32 champ and 3-time medal winner.
138: No Entrant
145: (Jr) Brennan Richardson - Top Seed (20-9)
Richardson grabbed the top seed by 2 points over #2 Tom Cuffari of Highland. Should he win his opener, as expected, he'll face the winner of the 4/5 between Delsea's Vito Genna (9-14) and Absegami's Koby Bird (10-10).
152: (Jr) Nick Schano - 8th Seed (3-3)
Schano will be in the 8/9 prelim against Highland's Noah Shaffer (1-1). The winner will face Delsea's Seth Summers (27-8).
160: (Sr) Kelley Lutz - 3rd Seed (21-5)
Strong weight here with th top 4 seeds all having at least 21 wins. Lutz, a 3rd-place finisher in D24 a year ago, will open with Highland's Nicholas McAllister. Should he win that one, he's most likely getting Timber Creek's Blaine Shade (25-2).
170: (So) Evan Burton - 7th Seed (14-13)
Burton opens in the quarters with #2 Jared Colbert (19-7) of Highland, who was 3rd in D30 a year ago. Of note in this weight is the top-seeded Billy Janzer of Delsea, a 3rd place finisher at States last year, who is expected to compete for the title this season.
182: (Sr) Christopher Nielsen - 2nd Seed (26-1)
Nielsen was the D24 champion and R6 runner-up at 182 in 2016. He draws the #2 seed here behind #1 Vince DeGeorge of Delsea, who placed 2nd in D31 and 4th in R8 last year. Nielsen will be heavily favored to win his opener against #7 Christian Wells (5-15) of Timber Creek. If the seeds hold, he'd face #3 Joe Tripoli of Highland in the semis. Tripoli (19-4) was the D30 champ at 170 in 2016.
195: No Entrant
220: (Sr) Robert Hart - 5th Seed (18-8)
Hart will open up in the 4/5 bout against #4 Dylan Dill of Mainland, a 19-11 junior. The winner of that one will face undefeated top-seed Devon Starks of Highland.
Hwt: (Fr) Maski Avery - 8th Seed (7-17)
The freshman Avery will open his tournament in the prelims against #9 Griffin Clark of Pitman. The winner will get #1 Kody Wood of Pennsville, a D31 champ last season, in the quarters.