MMAWeekly MMA Top 10 Rankings Update: February 6, 2018 – MMAWeekly (blog)


Following a lengthy stay in a coma, the MMAWeekly.com World MMA Top 10 Rankings have been resurrected!

The MMAWeekly.com rankings list the Top 10 MMA fighters from around the world in each of the most widely accepted weight classes, as well as a Top 10 mixed pound-for-pound list ranking the best male and female fighters. Fighters from any mixed martial arts promotion are eligible.

Taken into consideration is a fighter?s performance in addition to win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport. The divisional rankings put a particular emphasis on recent results, while a fighter?s career, particularly if he or she has fought in multiple weight classes, adds considerable weight to the pound-for-pound ranking.

Fighters who are currently serving a drug-related suspension are not eligible for MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of said suspension.

Though we don?t have a strict timeline for fighters to compete, an athlete?s inactivity can also have an effect upon his or her rankings consideration.

Combined Pound-for-Pound MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Georges St-Pierre
  2. Demetrious Johnson
  3. Daniel Cormier

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Men?s Heavyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Stipe Miocic
  2. Francis Ngannou
  3. Alistair Overeem

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Men?s Light Heavyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Daniel Cormier
  2. Alexander Gustafsson
  3. Volkan Oezdemir

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Men?s Middleweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Robert Whittaker
  2. Yoel Romero
  3. Luke Rockhold

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Men?s Welterweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Tyron Woodley
  2. Stephen Thompson
  3. Rafael Dos Anjos

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Men?s Lightweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Tony Ferguson
  2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  3. Conor McGregor

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Men?s Featherweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Max Holloway
  2. Jose Aldo
  3. Frankie Edgar

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Men?s Bantamweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. TJ Dillashaw
  2. Cody Garbrandt
  3. Dominick Cruz

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Men?s Flyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Demetrious Johnson
  2. Joseph Benavides
  3. Henry Cejudo

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Women?s Bantamweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Amanda Nunes
  2. Germaine de Randamie
  3. Holly Holm

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Women?s Flyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Nicco Montano
  2. Valentina Shevchenko
  3. Sijara Eubanks

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Women?s Strawweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Rose Namajunas
  2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  3. Jessica Andrade

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Pound-for-Pound MMA Top 10 Rankings

Men?s and Women?s Combined Pound-for-Pound Rankings

Men?s MMA Top 10 Rankings

Flyweight??| ?Bantamweight? | ?Featherweight? | ?Lightweight? | ?Welterweight? | ?Middleweight? | ?Light Heavyweight? | ?Heavyweight

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Strawweight? | ?Flyweight??| ?Bantamweight



Blockchain Sports Betting Platform BlitzPredict Looks To Future Of Wagering – Legal Sports Report


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Gambling is as old as money itself, but technology continues to push the industry forward in new ways.

The decentralized infrastructure of blockchain has a number of applications in gaming, some of which are still being hashed out. The technology is just starting to take hold in the sports betting space, too.

US-based startup?BlitzPredict is set to bring one of the first blockchain-based products to the sports betting market.

What is BlitzPredict?

At its core, BlitzPredict is a social and utility platform for the online sports betting community. It?s not a sportsbook itself, but it provides tools and liquidity for bettors around the world.

In a white paper, BlitzPredict describes itself like this:

BlitzPredict is a global platform under development applying fintech solutions to provide function and liquidity to users of blockchain prediction markets and sportsbooks.

?Essentially, we want to harness the power of blockchain technology to improve the sports betting experience,? CEO Brett Richey said.

The platform claims that it can solve a number of problems that currently trouble bettors:

  • Bettors have to manually shop around for the best lines
  • Cashouts can take days or weeks to process
  • Betting syndicates compete against each other
  • Touts aren?t held accountable for their predictions

Features of BlitzPredict

BPZ cryptocurrency

The platform is based around a proprietary cryptocurrency called BPZ. The digital coin is the key that unlocks BiltzPredict?s suite of blockchain features.

BPZ is the vehicle for operating on the BlitzPredict site and wagering at its partner books.?The platform uses the popular Bancor Protocol for continuous liquidity and conversions between other coins on the network.

BPZ launched a pre-sale in January before an initial coin offering (ICO) now slated for this month. BlitzPredict will release a total of a billion BPZ tokens, with a hard cap of 10,000 Ethereum.?The first five percent was reserved for seed investors, and another 30 percent (300 million BPZ) will be released through the ICO.

Aggregator

On its face, BlitzPredict is an aggregator of sportsbooks and prediction markets. It is a betting marketplace, essentially.

The aggregator constantly refreshes lines from partner betting markets to provide users with the best available odds. That means bettors may see different point spreads for the two sides of the same game.

BlitzPay

Transaction speed is one of the key benefits of cryptocurrency transactions. Rather than routing payments through a series of processors and banks, crypto transactions can be carried out almost instantaneously by the platform itself.

BlitzPay is the cashiering system that allows users to collect their winnings immediately after an event concludes. Bets made using BPZ automatically include BlitzPay functionality on the back end of the transaction.

Smart contracts

Smart contracts essentially allow bettors to make if/then wagers.

For example, a user could create a smart contract which would activate a bet if the point spread drops below seven points. Bettors can shadow other successful BlitzPredict bettors and trends with these smart contracts, too.

More companies like BlitzPredict to come?

The legalization of daily fantasy sports has spawned a number of sidecar DFS companies across the US. There are a few startup platforms, content and strategy sites by the dozen, and an established network of affiliate sites.

Richey is part of the DFS marketplace, too. His first product, called BiltzPick, is a lineup optimizer that works with FanDuel and DraftKings. According to Richey, though, BlitzPredict was always the end goal.

?I started BlitzPick with the ultimate goal of preparing for legalized sports betting in the US,? he said. ?However, the DFS market cooled off while the crypto markets were taking off, so we decided to make the move in early 2017.?

Sports betting remains federally illegal for the time being, but that could change with the upcoming ruling in Christie vs. NCAA.?Should it open up in the US, companies like BlitzPredict will be poised to take early advantage of a budding market. And modern financial technology has the potential to make gambling transactions as smooth as ever.

?Gambling is one of the best-use cases for blockchain technology,? Richey said.



IndyCar team Dale Coyne Racing adds Jimmy Vasser, James Sullivan to ownership team – Autoweek


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Dale Coyne Racing has just gotten stronger with the addition of former Verizon IndyCar Series team owners Jimmy Vasser and James ?Sully? Sullivan joining Dale Coyne.

Vasser and Sullivan were both part of KVSH Racing that included former Champ Car Series boss Kevin Kalkhoven, but that team closed up following the 2016 season.

The newly formed team also announced that SealMaster will be the primary sponsor for nine of the 17 races, including the Indianapolis 500, for the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda driven by Sebastien Bourdais.?

?When Jimmy, Sully and I met to discuss creating this partnership, it was very enticing,? said Dale Coyne owner of Dale Coyne Racing, who will continue to run the No. 19 entry under the DCR banner. ?They?ve had a lot of success in their previous years in IndyCar, and I?m thrilled to have them as partners. It?s an opportunity I couldn?t turn down as we move forward with this program. The future is bright, and we?re excited to get the season going with SealMaster onboard as a co-primary sponsor. Hopefully we can continue the success Jimmy and Sulli have had and that we?ve had with Sebastien.?

After KVSH left the series when Kalkhoven stepped aside in 2016, Vasser and Sullivan had been looking for a way to form a new team. Instead, they have decided to partner with Coyne, a longtime independent team owner.



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?First, I want to acknowledge Kevin Kalkhoven, who gave both Sully and myself the forum to be where we are today,? said Vasser, the 1996 CART champion as a driver. ?After extensive talks, I am very pleased and proud to say that we will be continuing that legacy.

?I took a year off from competition for the first time in many years and realized how much I missed it. This is the next chapter in my racing career, so I want to say thank you to Sully, Dale, SealMaster, our sponsors and Sebastien. With their support, we are focused on re-creating our prior success and again challenging for wins in 2018.?

Vasser and Sullivan have achieved success in the past, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with driver Tony Kanaan and then won five more races over the next three years (2014-2016) with Bourdais behind the wheel.??

?First, it?s great to be back,? Vasser-Sullivan co-owner Sullivan said. ?We took a step back last year to evaluate and construct our next chapter, and both Jimmy and I, after many discussions with Dale, all came to the conclusion that this was the right time and opportunity to move this partnership forward.??



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?Most importantly, having SealMaster, a world-class brand, onboard to support the new team gives us big momentum out of the gate. With Sebastien (Bourdais) driving, the engineering staff and the crew that Dale has assembled, we are positioned for a banner year.???

Bourdais will be competing in his 13th?IndyCar season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first under Dale Coyne Racing with the Vasser-Sullivan banner.?He is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004-2007) tying him for second in all-time championships with Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti. The 38-year-old from Le Mans, France, has made 171?career IndyCar starts, earning 36 wins (sixth all-time) and 33 poles (tied for seventh all-time).?

?I want to thank Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and Sulli for the opportunity to move forward with this program that?s been in the works for over a year,? Bourdais said. ?Over the last few years, we?ve all captured poles and won races together. This is a team that started small, but what we needed, and now have collectively, is a consistent program, from top-to-bottom that can compete at the highest level and contend for a championship. I am very excited to get in this SealMaster car and represent such a great company.?















Rutgers basketball: Pikiell takes blame for clunker against Indiana – Asbury Park Press


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PISCATAWAY — Here?s the highlight for Rutgers basketball in Monday?s clunker against Indiana: Walk-on Jake Dadika drained a contested 3-pointer as the shot-clock expired.

That?s about it.

The Scarlet Knights bricked their way to a sixth straight loss, romped by rebuilding Indiana 65-43 before a church-quiet crowd of 4,360 at the RAC.

Two days after nearly stunning third-ranked Purdue, Rutgers (12-14 overall, 2-11 Big Ten) fell behind 17-3 out of the gate. Head coach Steve Pikiell shouldered the blame for that.

“Not proud of how we played today,”? he said, later adding, “We just didn?t have that kind of energy that we obviously had against Purdue. That?s on me as a coach.?

Pikiell tried to jump-start things with a rare wholesale substitution, inserting Dadika, Matt Bullock, Souf Mensah, Candido Sa and Shaq Doorson. It didn?t matter. Indiana (13-12, 6-7) looked like top-ranked Villanova. The Hoosiers, who came in ranked 341st in the nation in 3-point shooting (30.2 percent), hit 9 of 20 from beyond the arc (45 percent).

?We?ve had a couple of teams now that don?t really (hit threes) that have had great nights like that,? Pikiell said. ?But they had some good looks and . . . once you get out to a good start like that, the basket?s a lot bigger.?

Rutgers, meanwhile, shot 24 percent from the field. The Scarlet Knights got crushed on points off turnovers (17-2).

?We?ve got to find our identity,” freshman guard Geo Baker said. “We?ve got to get together as a group and decide what kind of team we want to be.?

Pikiell called for some soul-searching as well, and challenged his seniors.

?They really need some time to be away from the gym and kind of figure this out a little bit,” Pikiell said. “Do we want to be the team that played Purdue the other night or do we want to be this team? Our seniors, you know, got to decide. We can be a really good team. We can beat anybody in this league. But the way we played today, that?s not who I want to be.?

FIVE TAKEAWAYS

1. Fatigue is not an excuse. If anyone had a reason to be tired it was Indiana, which flew east after losing by three to fourth-ranked Michigan State Saturday night. And even though Rutgers is down two key subs in Mike Williams (ankle) and Eugene Omoruyi (kneecap), the depth issue should manifest itself at the end of games?? not at the beginning.

?The one thing is, you can?t make excuses,? Indiana coach Archie Miller said. ?You can?t use turnarounds and things like that as excuses. You have to be ready. When the ball?s tipped, the most ready team usually has a chance to get off to a great start. I thought tonight we were ready.?

Rutgers’ players insisted there was no hangover from Saturday.

?I don?t think it had anything to do with emotions or fatigue,” Baker said. “We?ve just got to be consistent.?

2. This is Rutgers? worst offensive team in recent memory. There are 351 Division I basketball programs. The Scarlet Knights entered Monday ranked 331st in field-goal percentage (40.7) and 339th in 3-point percentage (30.2). Layups are like half-court shots for some of these guys.

Senior guard Corey Sanders, who torched Purdue for 31 points, shot 1 of 11.?

As Pikiell pointed out, Rutgers’ pattern of following a spirited effort with a dud dates back to last season.

?We?ve really got to get beyond that,” he said. “We?ve had some games that were tough games and we haven?t followed those up with the right kind of approach. Part of it?s (being) young and part of it is, we have some guys out who are fighters.?

Pikiell added, “That’s on me as a coach. I’ve got to get them ready to play every game.”

3. It’s been a steep learning curve for Mamadou Doucoure.?The freshman center reclassified so he could enter college in 2017 instead of 2018, but he’s shooting 39 percent and averaging a foul every five minutes. Pikiell has been remarkably consistent with his starting lineups, but if he’s looking for a spark, might be worth?giving Candido Sa or Shaq Doorson a nod at Nebraska.

4. Rutgers is now a longshot to snap the 11-year skid of losing seasons. Here are the remaining five games: At Nebraska Saturday, Northwestern at home (Feb. 13), at Maryland (Feb. 17), at No. 13 Ohio State (Feb. 20) and Illinois at home (Feb. 25). Barring a run in the Big Ten Tournament, the Scarlet Knights would have to win four of those.

?We have to decide who we want to be the next five or six games,” Dadika said, “There?s still time to flip the script.?

5. The RAC?s dead. After selling out the RAC Saturday, fans sat this one out. Hardly any students showed, and the place was a morgue. For a Big Ten game, it was reminiscent of the end of Eddie Jordan’s era. Hard to blame the fans, through. This was a trip to the dentist.

Staff writer Jerry Carino: jcarino@gannettnj.com.



Women's Golf Day leader Elisa Gaudet uses personal story to raise breast cancer awareness – Golfweek


There was silence on the other end of the phone. Elisa Gaudet had been pouring her heart out about the double mastectomy, the painful divorce, the sleepless nights. How could a woman who drove her family nuts with her super-organic, farm-raised, preservative-free refrigerator and a perfectly clear mammogram be diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer?

She?d been trying to answer the unanswerable ? Why? ? when we lost cell service.

?I just want it to be over,? Gaudet finally said through thick sobs. The connection was, it turns out, strong. Gaudet, a passionate, big-picture, go-getter of a woman, had become too overwhelmed to speak.

The only thing that makes sense to Gaudet about the ?why? part so far is that because she?s the leader of a promising global initiative ? Women?s Golf Day ? perhaps her story will resonate and prevent someone else with dense breast tissue from taking a clean mammogram as gospel.

Thirty-nine days after Gaudet got an all-clear mammogram for a breast augmentation, a freak accident eventually led to an ultrasound in Geneva, Switzerland, that revealed one tumor in her left breast and four small ones in her right.

?They say I could?ve been dead by now,? she said.

The birth of a movement

Gaudet, who now is living with one breast and scars she says look like railroad tracks, started out as a model, working months-long stints in Toyko and Cape Town. Gaudet likes to say she was less Cindy Crawford and more girl-next-door who could sell you a Camry.

After a decade of modeling, Gaudet suited up in the navy and khaki golf industry by chance. She worked first for the Tour de las Americas in marketing and sponsorship before helping execute the 2002 EMC World Cup in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the PGA Tour. She now has her own consulting firm, Executive Golf International.

The idea for Women?s Golf Day was born in Central Park, where Gaudet stumbled upon an event involving a massive collection of yellow yoga mats. It was a light bulb moment for a woman who had grown tired of the stale fashion shows men threw in an attempt to draw more women into golf.

?What I saw in the marketplace was fragmentation,? she said.

The idea of a one-day, four-hour event that was light, inviting and competition-free began to percolate. Gaudet first floated it to World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona in January 2016 on a bench outside the media center at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Both private and public clubs can register to participate, as well as retail stores. The event is split between two hours of a golf-related activity and two hours of socializing.

?The genius in this is in its simplicity,? Mona said.

The third edition of Women?s Golf Day is slated for June 5. The initiative grew 68 percent after its first year, with events taking place in 46 countries and 711 venues.

?I?m beyond honored to say we had four Muslim countries,? Gaudet said.

Alida Vilogorac, a close friend and ambassador for the organization in Switzerland, was in Palm Beach with Gaudet on Women?s Golf Day last year. The excitement began early with Skype calls from Australia and then Africa, and ended with a late-night chat with those participating in Hawaii.

In Switzerland, Vilogorac said, single women with good careers don?t often know how to approach the golf community.

?Normally here you start to play if you?re a couple and your husband or companion plays,? she said.

This event opens another door.

Women?s Golf Day events split time between golf and socializing.

Women?s Golf Day events split time between golf and socializing.

Gaudet would rather not talk about the breast augmentation. The result, she said, was so subtle even her mother wouldn?t have noticed. But to get the story out ? to help at least one person ? she had to start there.

Prior to the augmentation, Gaudet had to schedule a mammogram, which immediately came back clear. Two days later, on June 28, she had the procedure done.

?It came out perfect,? she said. ?Michelangelo.?

Thirteen days later she was at an event at a beach-side hotel in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., when a patio umbrella came loose from the table and nailed the back of her head. She went flying.

Gaudet left in an ambulance and had two staples put in her head. Her left side was bruised from her armpit to her hip. While in Geneva for a long-term stay for business, she went to see Dr. Xavier Tenorio believing she had developed a hematoma after the incident. Tenorio referred her to another doctor for an ultrasound. He discovered the tumors and ordered a biopsy. While in a museum on a Saturday in Zurich, Gaudet heard the jarring report: You?ve got breast cancer.

?It was just like a bad dream,? Vilogorac said. ?We all believed in the mammogram.?

Gaudet was soon back in South Florida, where her condo was under construction. She checked into the local Hilton, which she called home for the next 40 days.

Gaudet chose to have a double mastectomy to avoid radiation and chemotherapy.

Dr. Yvette Laclaustra performed the operation, and her brother-in-law, Dr. Luis Vinas, put in the implants during the same procedure.

That should?ve been the closure Gaudet so desperately sought. But not two months later, she developed an infection in her left breast and the implant was removed.

Grueling routine

For 94 days Gaudet never slept more than four hours a night. She dropped to a size 0.

?I learned to shower at night,? she said of struggling with the sight of her own body.

The complications resulted in six weeks of radiation. She?s scheduled to have the second implant re-inserted in March.

Were it not for Tenorio?s decision to order the ultrasound in Geneva, Gaudet believes the cancer might have been caught too late, as she was not in the habit of getting an annual mammogram.

Dr. Robert Smith, vice president of cancer screening, cancer control department for the American Cancer Society, said it?s estimated that for 7 to 8 percent of the population, mammograms are ineffective due to breast density.

As of now, Florida does not have a breast-density notification law, meaning women such as Gaudet can be unaware that an ultrasound might be needed to detect tumors.

?Don?t confuse density with firmness or lumpiness,? Smith said.

And breasts aren?t uniformly dense, he continued, meaning there might simply be an area that?s large enough to hide an abnormality.

Federal legislation has been introduced into both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that would require mammography reports to include information about breast density and its impact on masking the presence of cancer on mammography.

?You would think this would be kind of a no-brainer,? Smith said.


Women?s Golf Day

WHEN: June 5, 2018
WHAT IS IT? A collaborative effort by a dedicated team, golf management companies, retailers and organizations working together to engage, empower and support girls and women through golf. The 4-hour experience allows a simple and accessible platform to build a foundation and creates a network to support the continuation of golf no matter what skill level or interest.
WHERE: 46 countries with 711 venues
ON THE WEB: womensgolfday.com


On Sept. 11, 2017, the day after Hurricane Irma ripped through South Florida, Gaudet found herself in the hospital once again after fainting from dehydration. On the wall of her hospital room she looked up to the faces of Arnold Palmer, Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus.

?When I saw it I was shocked,? Gaudet said of the print on the wall. ?It was better than seeing a photo of Jesus Christ.?

Strong words for a woman who was raised Roman Catholic.

Gaudet asked if all the rooms in the hospital had golf prints and was told that was only one. She went back three weeks later and asked if she could make a donation in return for the print. It now sits in her bedroom on the right side of the bed, just like the hospital.

Gaudet clings to the good that has happened these past few months. Like the Patriots hat her cousin Tony sent or the Boston Strong shirt from cousin Tim. She rejuvenated with horses on a farm in Argentina and found strength in a friend from San Francisco who was battling lymphoma. They went to Paris together after completing radiation.

?Strong? was her only choice

A Bob Marley quote became her mantra: ?You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.?

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 268,670 new cases of breast cancer in 2018 and that 41,400 men and women will die from the disease. Gaudet is desperate to get the word out that mammograms aren?t always enough.

She looks at the 17,000 connections on her LinkedIn account and thinks about all the women in each person?s life ? moms, daughters, sisters and aunts. She thinks about the rapid growth of Women?s Golf Day and what that means in terms of getting her message out. This year she?s asking each venue to add a charity component to the program.

?This is my fingerprint,? she said.

A passion project that has taken on a whole new dimension.? Gwk

(Note: This story appears in the Jan. 29, 2018 issue of Golfweek.)

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Delaware Valley wrestling team advances to sectional semifinals against Raritan – MyCentralJersey.com


Harry Frezza, Correspondent
Published 7:47 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2018

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BERNARDSVILLE???If its early February,?Delaware Valley?s wrestling team?must be preparing to see Raritan in a Central Group II sectional?final, right??Almost.

The?distant rivals will meet for?the?12th?time in the post season since 2003 Wednesday night, but this time it?ll be in a?semifinal and the?Terriers?who?ll?will be?making?the 60-mile trip to Monmouth County.?

The?three-time defending Central Group?II champion Terriers?are a fifth seed this year while Raritan is No. 1. The Terriers, who have beaten Raritan in the last three sectional finals?at home,?topped ?No. 4 Bernards?50-18 Monday night to advance.

Del Val?(9-12)?won the first four bouts, claimed 10 of 14 for the night and stopped Bernards??winning streak at 17.?The Mountaineers,?having their best?season in years, are?18-4.

Bernards?coach Dave Brothers knew this would be an entirely different task, well aware of the strength of schedule difference between the two. Though it had the higher seed, a Bernards?win would have been a startling development. Del Val hadn?t wrestled a quarterfinal match on the road since 1998.?

?Del Val is really good. They wrestle?the cream of the crop, Phillipsburg,?Hunterdon Central,?North Hunterdon,?South?Plainfield. Three or four five times a week they see these?teams and?they are battle tested.?

Freshman?145?A.J.?DeRosa beat Bernards? Alex Mastronardi 8-4 to?give the Terriers a 19-0 lead. Brothers Luke and Jackson Burns won by fall and decision?at?152 and 195 and Somerset County champ Justin Villani (106) won by fall and Will Kauffman (120) by decision for Bernards.

?Anthony is gonna have a great career, he?s a freshman, battling at ?those middle weights, but we know how good he is,? said coach Andy Fitz.

Del Val has had an adventurous year, losing?defending state champ Kyle Lightner to a knee injury just as the season started. The flu bug and the usual number of injuries that come during the winter followed. But here they are – back in the sectional title hunt and looking for an 18th?crown.

?We don?t have a typical Del Val record that we?ve had over the last couple of years, but we knew coming in that we had an entirely new lineup and we couldn?t buy good luck this year, but you know what? We kept battling,? said Fitz.

Junior Shawne Ramsby is an example. He missed a chunk of the season after knee surgery, but Monday night he won a bout at 182 to give the Terriers a 32-6 lead.?Ramsby, senior 220-pounder Eli Kalfaian,?Anthony?DeRosa and Gage Crater all won bouts in last year?s 36-23 sectional final win over Raritan.?The last four meetings have had a victory margin of 1.75 points.?In 2016, the Terriers beat Raritan by criteria.

This year the?Terriers are a clear underdog.?Del Val has an 8-3 postseason edge on Raritan, but that will be of little help Wednesday night.

?I wish we could see them in the final,? said Fitz. ?But you know what? They have been coming our way almost every year since 2003. I look forward to Wednesday night. They have a great program and we love competing against them.?

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