Shore Sports Network Wrestling Top 10, 1/16/19
No changes this week in terms of any new teams entering, although there is some shuffling at the bottom of the rankings. Some important division matches in Class A North and Class B North are on tap in the next seven days and could have a big impact on next week's rankings.
1. Howell (11-0). Last week: No. 1
The Rebels picked up three more wins last week, defeating Marlboro (60-7), Clifton (61-6) and Pascack Valley (50-17) to remain undefeated and keep their No. 1 ranking in the Shore. Howell has now won 62 straight matches dating back to 2017. A big week awaits the Rebels. This week: Wednesday at Middletown South; Thursday at South Plainfield; Friday/Saturday at Jack Welch Duals.
2. Toms River North (11-1). Last week: No. 2
The Mariners went 4-0 during the week, including a 30-26 win over No. 4 Southern that put them in the driver’s seat to capture the Class A South division title. Toms River North has never won an outright division title, only sharing the A Division title with Lakewood and Middletown in 1971. The Mariners also beat Toms River South (51-6), Brick (64-9) and Point Boro (45-16). This week: Saturday quad vs. Delsea, High Point and South Plainfield.
3. Jackson Memorial (7-3). Last week: No. 3
The Jaguars had only one day of competition last week, going 2-1 in a quad with wins over Pemberton (68-4) and Moorestown (60-9) and a loss to state No. 2 Paulsboro (49-10). With a loss to Toms River North and a win over Southern, the Jags are squarely at No. 3 for the second straight week. This week: Wednesday vs. No. 10 Brick Memorial; Friday vs. Camden Catholic; Saturday at Jackson Liberty; Tuesday at Central.
4. Southern (9-3). Last week: No. 4
The Rams stay put at No. 4 after a 3-1 week that started with a 48-24 thrashing of Brick Memorial. Southern then defeated Timber Creek (69-6) and Middletown North (43-22) in a tri-meet but missed out on a shot to force a tie atop A South when they were defeated by No. 2 Toms River North, 30-26. This week: Wednesday vs. Central; Saturday/Sunday at Escape the Rock Tournament; Tuesday vs. South Plainfield.
5. Raritan (9-3). Last week: No. 5
The Rockets picked up three more wins to up their record to 9-3 and close in on the Class A Central division title. Raritan posted a 64-9 win over Red Bank Catholic before sweeping a tri-meet with a 67-10 win over CBA and a 38-19 win over Ocean. This week: Saturday quad vs. Middletown North, Perth Amboy and Monroe.
6. Manalapan (14-2). Last week: No. 6
The Braves suffered their second loss of the season, falling 31-20 to Mendham, but hold at No. 6 thanks to a blowout win over No. 9 Shore to remain undefeated against Shore Conference teams. Manalapan beat the Blue Devils, 51-30, before taking two of three matches at a quad with wins over Dumont (47-24) and Old Tappan (51-20). They closed out their week with a 65-0 win over East Brunswick. Their chance to make waves in the division comes this week. This week: Wednesday vs. No. 8 Long Branch; Saturday quad at Ocean with Caldwell and Bridgewater-Raritan.
7. Colts Neck (11-1). Last week: No. 7
The Cougars went 4-0 during the week to continue their strong season and set up a huge divisional. Colts Neck beat Neptune, 63-15, in a Class B North match and then swept a quad with wins over Freehold Township (59-13), RBC (69-9) and Central (64-9). Colts Neck has a chance to secure its first division title in program history when it wrestles Middletown North. This week: Thursday vs. Middletown North; Saturday tri at Lacey with Toms River South.
8. Long Branch (8-1). Last week: No. 9
After not wrestling for two weeks, the Green Wave returned with authority to go 4-0 and jump one spot in the rankings. A 30-28 walk-off win over Ocean in their first match back started their week. Long Branch then swept a quad with wins over Marlboro (50-14), Middletown South (58-6) and Matawan (48-10) and added a 57-14 win over Freehold. This week: Wednesday at No. 6 Manalapan; Friday/Saturday at Jack Welch Duals.
9. Shore (11-1). Last week: No. 10
The Blue Devils suffered their first loss of the season in falling to No. 6 Manalapan, 51-30. They bounced back with 57-15 win over Pinelands and also competed in the Buc Classic, although they were without several starters. Sophomore Mike McGhee placed first at 145 pounds to remain undefeated. This week: Thursday vs. Asbury Park; Saturday quad at Holmdel with Keyport and Matawan; Tuesday vs. Lakewood.
10. Brick Memorial (10-2). Last week: No. 8
The Mustangs drop two spots after a 48-24 loss to No. 4 Southern and a 39-27 loss to Highland. They were 2-2 on the week with wins over Allentown (45-25) and Delran (37-32). This week: Wednesday at No. 3 Jackson Memorial; Friday vs. Lacey; Saturday at Toms River East with Cinnaminson and West Deptford.
Dropped out: none
Keep an eye on:
Middletown North (7-5)
Point Boro (6-3)
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