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uality points, prestige points, merit, advancement and pre-seeds—it’sallveryconfusing. But that’s what high school wrestling coaches had to deal with this year when it came time to the seeding process for districts, which begin tonight. The new system, which was used on a trial basis last year, uses a calculation basedonawrestler’s20best matches to come up with a final number. That number is used to seed the wrestlers in descending order. Despite the new terms and what seems like a “Good Will Hunting”-like formula, initial reaction to the seeding process was generally positive. The quicker seeding meeting with less room for politics was the best part, according to coaches. “It was much less painful than in years past,” Millville coach Scott Stay said. “I don’t think there were any arguments. I still think there are some kinks that need to be worked out, but, overall, I can’t complain.” The system rewards a wrestler for previous advancement in the tournament, then awards points for victories based on the opponents’ previous advancement. For instance, beating a wrestler who placed seventh in the state the previous year is worth 26 points. Losing to a state champion still gets you 8 points. A wrestler can lose points for losing to someone who placed fourth in districts or worse. Once the order is determined, head-to-head matchups move the seeds around, round-robins (A beat B, B beat C, C beat A) are thrown out and preference is given to the more recent result in split decisions. “Seeding at the district level, there’s no perfect sys-

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“It’s the fairest thing as far as you don’t have any politics involved,” Castellari said. “It usually works out.” District seeding tends to be more controversial than regions or states because of the disparity in talent from the top of the bracket to the bottom. “You’re dealing with a broad spectrum of kids at the district level since no one has qualified,” Iles said. “Sometimes there’s less to go on as far as accomplishments.” Wrestlers who missed time due to injury, transfer rules or sickness are often the center of controversy and the new system doesn’t alleviate that completely. Coachesstillhavetheoption to use a wildcard to put a wrestler’s seed up to vote. That was exercised for Delsea senior Marshall Brooks, who missed time with mononucleosis in January, has just 16 matches and didn’t wrestle last year. He wound up earning a fourth seed at 182 pounds in District 31 instead of a No. 7 seed. One knock on the system is that it rewards upperclassmen because a wrestler begins the season with points based on last year’s tournament. Region and state seeding also heavily rely on previous advancement though. However, wrestlers will still have to compete no matter what their seed. “This tournament is all about advancing to the state tournament,” Castellari said. “If you look at it in the big picture, no one is going to be left out of Atlantic City because of district seeds.” And that’s really what this part of the season is all about — finding the single best wrestler in each of the 14 weight classes in New Jersey.

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» South Plainfield boasts a middle of a lineup that rivals the ’27 New York Yankees. The Tigers’ version of Murderer’s Row has five wrestlers with a combined 157-3 record in consecutive order — Troy Heilman (120 pounds, 29-3), Anthony Ashnault (126, 32-0), Scott DelVecchio (132, 32-0), Tyler Hunt (138, 32-0) and Corey Stasenko (145, 32-0). » South Jersey has 11 undefeated wrestlers going into districts, one more than last year at this time. Thirteen wrestlers carried unbeaten marks into districts in 2010. Winslow Township’s Robert McNeill (34-0) was second in the state with 34 wins, one behind West Morris’ Ryan Harrington, going into districts. » Burlington Township’s Kevin Devoy (32-0) leads the state with 27 pins. The senior finished fourth in the state at 119 pounds last season, losing a 5-4 decision to Buena’s Billy Ward in the third/fourth bout. » Paulsboro’s Ron Gentile will out after suffering a broken leg in practice on Monday. Gentile finished an impressive freshman season at 29-4 and was ranked No. 3 in South Jersey at 126 pounds.

1. Timber Creek 2. Delsea 3. Camden Catholic 4. Paulsboro 5. Clearview 6. St. Augustine 7. Buena 8. Pennsville 9. Clayton 10. West Deptford 11. Haddonfield 12. Shawnee 13. Cherokee 14. Egg Harbor Township 15. Hammonton

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1. John Gentile, Paulsboro 2. Tyler McBride, Camden Catholic 3. Patrick D’Arcy, Holy Spirit 4. Joey Rocks, Egg Harbor Township 5. John Amato, Timber Creek 25-2 27-4 31-1 25-1 9-3 28-4 28-5 16-2 27-3 28-2 29-3 23-8 30-1 26-2 21-4 32-0 28-5 24-1 34-0 25-3 28-5 27-0 31-2 27-4 30-4 28-4 29-3 22-0 27-4 25-8 30-1 30-1 27-1 20-7 33-1 27-0 31-1 26-5 24-0 27-4 32-0 25-1 32-3 24-1 26-4 28-0 30-3 33-0 26-4 29-1 29-1 30-3 27-4 24-5 24-4 30-0 28-1 31-3 27-2 27-3 31-3 27-1 29-2 32-2 28-2 26-2 30-0 34-1 9-0 26-4

Vineland’s Eugene Maisonave, top, wrestles Clearview’s David Snyder during a match on Feb. 4. Despite being 19-9, Maisonave is the No. 5 seed at heavyweight in District 31, mainly because he didn’t wrestle last year. STAFF PHOTO/CHARLES J. OLSON

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1. Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine 2. Sam Morina, Paulsboro 3. Ronray Harris, Middle Township 4. Dylan LaPalomento, Washington Twp. 5. Anthony Racobaldo, Williamstown

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tem,” Delsea athletic director Steve Iles said. “But it did take away some of the debating.” In the past, wrestlers were nominated for a seed and then the district coaches would vote. The system created plenty of arguments between opposing coaches where alleged favoritism and past grudges may have come into play when determining seeds. “If you’re ethical, you vote for the right kid, but that doesn’t always happen,” Buena coach Doug Castellari said. Enter the computers.

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Zach Goranson, Millville Joshua Pineda, Vineland Sal Marandino, Buena Steven Bergamo, St. Augustine Luis Rivera, Buena Tom Carney, Delsea Hector Marrero, Cumberland

1. Billy Ward, Buena 2. Ricky Carter, Timber Creek 3. Newt Richardson, Schalick 4. Evan Zuzulock, West Deptford 5. Gabe Zamot, Egg Harbor Twp.

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1. Kevin Devoy, Burlington Township 2. Juan Rivera, Paulsboro 3. John VanBrill, Clearview 4. Robert McNeill, Winslow Township 5. William Elliott, Cumberland

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1. Brandon Keller, Timber Creek 2. Maaziah Bethea, Trenton Central 3. Joe Lemerise, Cherokee 4. John Hennelly, Delsea 5. Connor Bestwick, Woodstown

Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine John Gallo, Schalick Zach Nealis, Vineland Connor Palmieri, Buena Chad Kahn, Millville

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Newt Richardson, Schalick Billy Ward, Buena Danny DeTetta, Vineland John Borelli, Delsea Will Elliott, Cumberland Elias Garcia, Millville Ed Donahue, St. Augustine John Hennelly, Delsea Jarett Pierotti, Buena Jonathon Rordriguez, Vineland Cruz Flores, Cumberland Jarred Hodges, St. Augustine Jarrett Kelly, Buena Rian Lamanteer, Cumberland

1. Chad Walsh, Camden Catholic 2. Joe Esposito, St. Augustine 3. Ed Lenkowski, Clearview 4. Dillan Berghof, Buena 5. Nick Knauer, Paulsboro

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1. T.J. Miller, Camden Catholic 2. Curt Delia, Delsea 3. Antonio Mancella, Oakcrest 4. Dom Ruggiero, Timber Creek 5. Christian Stackhouse, Riverside

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Schalick’s Newt Richardson has already been turning heads despite being just a sophomore. He’s the top seed at 120 pounds in District 31 and was a catalyst for the team during their 16-win season. That run was even more memorable considering the team won just three matches last year. Richardson recently spoke with The Mat Pack about the season and wrestling in general. Question: How has this year been different than last year as a team? Answer: It’s been a little different. We’re working a lot harder and it’s been showing in our team record. Our team is a lot better this year. We’ve got a guy filling every spot pretty much. Q: Where does the improvement come from? A: I believe it comes from the guys working hard during the summer, definitely working harder during practice. Q: Having a young coach like Justin Martin, who is 25, what does that do for the team? A: He’s really serious a lot of the time, but when we do joke around sometimes, it’s nice having a young coach to joke around with a little bit. Q: How does practice change the week of districts? A: It doesn’t change that much because we work just as hard during the year as we do this week for districts.

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1. Raamiah Bethea, Trenton Central 2. Mark Patterson, St. Augustine 3. Bryce Shade, Timber Creek 4. George Skibinski, Clearview 5. Nate Ross, Absegami

Joe Esposito, St. Augustine Dillan Berhof, Buena Deon Henry, Schalick Curt Delia, Delsea Dylan Manno, Schalick Richard Morris, Cumberland Rico Rivera Brandon Muessig, Vineland

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Q: You’re a Seagull Wrestling Club member, how important is club wrestling if you want to excel in high school? A: I think it’s pretty important. Summer wrestling is where you get better. Q: Do you go during the season? A: I do every once in a while just to make sure I’m keeping up with my technique and everything. Q: What’s it like being one of the best wrestlers on the team but being an underclassman? A: Being one of the younger guys, I still have more years to stay around and help everyone else out. And with the upperclassmen being good, it’s a lot of fun. Q: What food do you miss most during the wrestling season? A: I gotta say a good oldfashion Anderson’s cheese steak. — Patrick Buganski

1. Steve Nelson, Haddon Township 2. Robert Shade, Timber Creek 3. Nick Elmer, Penns Grove 4. Alex Gong, Absegami 5. Nick Moore, Seneca

Mark Patterson, St. Augustine Justin Pierotti, Buena Ed Shockley, Millville Zach Rahl, Schalick David Gresk, Delsea

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Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea Tyler Sentman, St. Augustine Derrick DeWoody, Delsea Carl Hitzelberger, Cumberland Steffen Rodriguez, Vineland James Bennett, St. Augustine Garrett Craig, Delsea Dylan Wargo, Schalick Marcus Nelson, Vineland Marshall Brooks, Delsea Cory Pietrzyk, St. Augustine Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea Taiwahn Cosby, Vineland Sean Redden, Delsea Nick Davis, Millville

1. Rory Bonner, West Deptford 2. David Williams, Hammonton 3. Thomas Forline, Moorestown 4. Anthony Devito, Pennsville 5. John Bernard, Oakcrest

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1. Carson Stack, Haddonfield 2. Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea 3. Padric Lynch, Haddon Heights 4. Chris Lail, Kingsway 5. William Cioffi, Pitman

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1. Mauro Correnti, Holy Cross 2. Roy Lucas, St. Joseph 3. Nick Pustizzi, Schalick 4. Ryan Thompson, Haddon Heights 5. Grant Corretjer, Bordentown

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Nick Pustizzi, Schalick Noah Repko, Buena Eugene Maisonave, Vineland Obie Kali, Millville

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1. Cody Melton, Northern Burlington 2. Tom Rementer, Clayton 3. Alex Thompson, Haddon Heights 4. Sam Ekwonike, Cinnaminson 5. Curtis Nealer, Pitman *Records through Wednesday.

Tre Porch, Delsea Jacob Paul, Cumberland

*Wrestlers must have at least a .500 record and a minimum of 16 bouts. All the records and rankings are based on information through Wednesday.

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