the north face sandals A look at the favorites in state team wrestling tournament
The state high school team wrestling tournament starts Monday.
Ten area teams are chasing South Jersey titles. Six of those teams Southern Regional, Lacey Township, Buena Regional, St. Augustine Prep, St. Joseph and Holy Spirit will have home matches out of the gate.
St. Augustine and Holy Spirit are the defending South Jersey Non Public A and B champions, respectively. Southern is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 17 season and contend for the Group V title.
Buena and Lacey Township are in brackets with tough No. 1 seeds.
Bracket: No. 8 Pitman at No. 1 Paulsboro; No. 5 Collingswood at No. 4 Buena; No. 6 Schalick at No. 3 Woodstown; No. 7 Gloucester City at No. 2 Pennsville
Favorite: Paulsboro has won nine straight sectional titles.
Look at locals: Fourth seeded Buena is hoping to bounce back from losing in the semifinals to Woodstown last season. But the Chiefs most likely will see Paulsboro in the semis.
Bracket: No. 8 Barnegat at No. 1 Point Pleasant Borough; No. 5 Oakcrest at No. 4 Delran; No. 6 West Deptford at No. 3 Cinnaminson; No. 7 Sterling at No. 2 Haddonfield
Favorite: Haddonfield, No. 7 in The Press Elite 11, has had some impressive wins this season.
Look at locals: Oakcrest is having a great season and could knock off Delran in the first round. If so,
the Falcons will have a tough battle with Point Pleasant Borough. Barnegat is expected to drop its first round match.
Bracket: No. 8 Timber Creek at No. 1 Delsea Regional; No. 5 Seneca at No. 4 Jackson Liberty; No. 6 Pemberton at No. 3 Gateway Regional; No. 7 Lakewood at No. 2 Lacey Township
Favorite: Delsea Regional is the seven time defending champion.
Look at locals: Lacey will look to avenge a tough loss to Delsea last season and could get that chance in the final.
Bracket: No. 8 Moorestown at No. 1 Cherry Hill West; No. 4 Toms River East at No. 5 Pennsauken; No. 6 Hammonton at No. 3 Highland Regional; No. 7 Shawnee at No. 2 Clearview Regional
Favorite: This is a wide open bracket every season, so don’t be surprised if a team like No. 7 Shawnee lands in the final.
Look at locals: Hammonton draws a tough first round matchup with Highland.
Bracket: No. 8 Egg Harbor Township at No. 1 Southern Regional; No. Rancocas Valley Regional at No. 4 Williamstown; No. 6 Cherokee at No. 3 Toms River North; No. 7 Eastern Regional at No. 2 Kingsway Regional.
Favorite: Southern is favored, but Group V is deep. Second seeded Kingsway moved up after winning Group IV last season.
Bracket: No. 1 Camden Catholic has a bye; No. 5 Red Bank Catholic at No. 4 Paul VI; No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 3 St. John Vianney;
No. 7 Christian Brothers Academy at No. 2 St. Augustine Prep