Moley, a Spring-Ford sophomore 103-pounder, has a gaudy unbeaten record of 34-0 following his sweep to the Section IV championship last weekend.

This weekend Moley is the top seed for the District 1-AAA South Tournament on his home mats at Spring-Ford. He joins Ram senior Chris Gwaltney (152) and Owen J. Roberts senior Billy Kropp (215) as top area seeds for the tourney tonight (6 p.m.) and all day Saturday (9:30 a.m.).

Moley finished third at districts a year ago in the same weight class and compiled a 30-14 record. He has been even better this winter and is taking each match one at a time during his perfect run.

"The pressure is on them against me and not on me," Moley said. "My expectations are a lot more than last year."

Moley is joined at 103 by Academy Park senior Brian Fail (25-1) and Garnet Valley junior Chuck Nickle (18-9), the Section V and VI champions, and Ridley junior Ed Hall (22-4).

Moley and Gwaltney lead an eight-man contingent of Spring-Ford wrestlers in the tournament. There are also six matmen from Great Valley, five from Owen J. Roberts and two from Phoenixville. The Phantoms are senior Bill Bleiler (189) and Kevin West (215), both of whom finished second at sectionals.

Bleiler (19-7) faces Sun Valley junior Dan Ropski (19-9) in the preliminary round. If he wins there, Bleiler would face Garnet Valley junior Dave Gualtieri (21-10) in the quarterfinals. Bleiler bowed out in the pigtall round of districts last year, finishing with a 14-17 mark.

In the opposite portion of the bracket at 189 is Great Valley sophomore Drew Smith (17-5), who nipped Bleiler in the sectional finals.

West (21-5) is matched with West Chester East senior Bob Lundgren (15-11) in the preliminaries. A victory would put him up against Upper Darby sophomore Bill Kent (19-11). A year ago, West placed sixth at districts in the 275-pound division, finishing with a 21-15 record.

Gwaltney (32-5) is coming off a sectional in which he beat previously undefeated junior Tony Fuschino of Owen J. Roberts (23-1), 4-1, in the final round.

"It is nice, a good feeling," Gwaltney said. "I am good with that. We actually wrestle a similar style so it's tough on tough. He rode me the whole third period. The second period was the turning point when I took him down and got two back points. He is smart and a tough kid. He improved a lot from last year.

"It gets me more motivated beating an undefeated kid. It gets me prepared and is a big confidence booster. It gets me a good position at districts and my ultimate goal is to get to states at Hershey."

Gwaltney's top opponents include Springfield Delco senior Steve Shillady (26-2) and Marple Newtown sophomore Matt Moccia (22-6).

Kropp (25-4) is a favorite in his return to districts at 215. Oxford junior Cullen Todd (24-9) and Kent are the other top seeds in the division. West and Spring-Ford senior Bob Swier (24-11), who is in the pigtails, give the area a lot of representation in the category.

The other top seeds are Conestoga junior 112-pounder Paul Capriolo (33-1), Conestoga senior 119-pounder Paul Bacci (28-5), Oxford junior 125-pounder Jarrett Hostetter (31-4), West Chester East senior 130-pounder Mike Tavani (30-1), Oxford junior 135-pounder Jon Herr (21-9), Academy Park senior 140-pounder Mustafa Fleming (30-0), Ridley senior 145-pounder Corey Brown (26-1), Boyertown senior 160-pounder Zach Brower (31-5), Lower Merion senior 171-pounder Isaac Katz (26-1), Haverford senior 189-pounder Craig Kline (27-1) and Boyertown senior 275-pounder Mike Spaid (33-1).

Returning champions include Bacci, Hostetter, Tavani, Spring-Ford junior Mike Moley, Herr, Brower and Spaid.

The top four finishers advance to the Southeastern Regional Tournament at Norristown High School next weekend.

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