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The Press Wrestling Elite 11 and look ahead

The Press Elite 11

Wrestling

1. Southern Regional 20-1

2. Paulsboro 21-2

3. St. Augustine Prep 22-3

4. Clearview Regional 25-1

5. Delsea Regional 24-6

6. Highland Regional 22-3

7. West Deptford 23-5

8. Cherry Hill West 21-4

9. Collingswood 30-7

10. Kingsway Regional 15-9

11. Millville 18-6

A look ahead

Press Elite 11 No. 1 team Southern Regional graduates a senior class that accounted for five of its six state qualifiers, but the Rams do return Region 6 champ Matt Wilhelm and District 24 champ Chris Crane and again should be among the top teams in the Shore Conference and South Jersey Group IV.

Cape-Atlantic League American Conference winner St. Augustine Prep loses state champ Jack Clark and Region 8 qualifiers Ed Donahue and James Bennett to graduation.

The Hermits return two-time state qualifier Jarred Hodges, two-time District 32 champ Tom Lynd and a talented group of wrestlers and will again be the team to beat in the CAL American.

Millville has qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history but will have to overcome the losses of state place-winner and Ed Shockley and two-time state qualifier Obi Kali to graduation.

Absegami returns District 32 champ Yanni Patsaros and state qualifier Chris D'Alfonso but will have to account for the loss of almost its entire group of upperweights.

Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy and St. Joseph's C.J. LaFragola will be among the top individuals coming back next season.

D'Arcy finished third in the state as a sophomore, second this year as a junior and will look to take the next step up on the podium next season.

LaFragola finished seventh in the state this season and will be among the favorites to compete for a state title next season.

 

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