Phil Anastasia: Delran and Group 2 wrestling

Delran wrestling looked strong last night in a 31-26 victory over Cinnaminson.

But the Bears didn't look unbeatable in Group 2.

That sectional should be a good one. Delran, Delsea and West Deptford look like the three teams with the best chance of winning the title.

Delra has a win over Delsea, which will be a high seed based on power points.

But West Deptford could be the team to beat.

Delran has a powerhouse stretch in the middle of its lineup. Dan Pak (17-1), Travis McDowell (16-0) and Matt Gasper (17-1) lineup somewhere between 125 and 145.

The Bears (14-0) also have some solid wrestlers in Luke Chesney (12-4), Ray Carlisi (15-5), Viktor Diaz (13-3), Marquis Jackson (15-4) and Mark Denny (14-5).

Veteran coach Dennis Smith's team will be tough to beat.

But Cinnaminson won six bouts in a row against Delran and seven overall. The Pirates didn't do nearly that well in a loss to West Deptford earlier this month.

Group 2 is going to be tight. Delsea is wrestling better and better, and West Deptford is tough. Delran is undefeated.

Manchester Township from Ocean County could be in the mix, and Burlington Township can't be overlooked, either. For that matter, neither can Cinnaminson.

The Pirates wrestled well in Delran's gym last night.

-- Phil Anastasia

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