Here’s the most recent wrestling Super 7 courtesy of Steve Lienert (@SteveLienert).
Austin Petril, seen here after a key win in last year’s District One-South tournament, is a big reason why Upper Darby maintained its stranglehold on the No. 1 spot in the Super 7.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES/NATE HECKENBERGER
1. Upper Darby
4. Garnet Valley
7. Academy Park
Interboro not only made its debut in this week’s Super Seven, but the Bucs jumped all the way up to No. 3. Why? Interboro’s only two losses of the season have come to Ridley, which held its spot at No. 2 after defeating the Bucs for the Delco Duals championship. Furthermore, I watched as Interboro fall behind to Upper Dublin, 21-0, in the semifinals only to rally for a 51-21 win. Maybe it’s the blonde Mohawks, but the Bucs are for real.
Garnet Valley and Penncrest couldn’t have been happy to wake up Thursday morning to see that each were bumped down a spot. But considering Interboro’s strong showing at the Delco Duals coupled with the Jags’ and Lions’ relatively docile schedule over the holidays and the move was, in my opinion, warranted.
However, the heart of each team’s Central League schedule lies ahead. Penncrest travels to Ridley for a showdown on Jan. 9 before Garnet Valley hosts the Green Raiders on Jan. 18.
Chichester dropped to No. 6 after a decent showing at the Delco Duals. The Eagles are still riding that big opening-season win over Marple Newtown and have two quality wins over an improved Sun Valley squad. They’ve also held their own against Ridley. Their dual against Interboro Jan. 9 will be another litmus test.
The seventh spot in the Super Seven is almost always up for grabs. Academy Park seized it this week because, individually at the Radnor Holiday tournament, the Knights had at least five wrestlers in the finals. Add in that Academy Park recently held off a feisty Sun Valley squad and the Knights got in.
However, I expect Marple Newtown to make a move here in the next few weeks. The Tigers have a favorable schedule before having to navigate a particularly tough stretch at the end of the month.
As for the top spot, Upper Darby is wrestling a higher level of competition than anyone else (who isn’t reigning Daily Times Wrestler of the Year L.J. Barlow of The Haverford School) around the county. The Royals finished fifth at the Governor Mifflin Holiday tournament last week before kicking off a string of Central League opponents, starting with Lower Merion today.
- STEVE LIENERT