The Collingswood High School wrestling team wanted to be at its best when it traveled to take on No. 1 Paulsboro on Thursday.
Instead, it was the Red Raiders who were at peak performance.
Paulsboro provided further evidence to why it is one of South Jersey’s premier programs, handling No. 4 Collingswood, 54-10, in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 semifinals Wednesday night.
The Red Raiders will look to add to their title haul when they face No. 2 Cinnaminson, on Saturday.
Cinnaminson advanced to the championship with a 30-25 win over No. 6 Woodstown in the other Group 1 final.
The Panthers (22-8) were hoping an upset would be in the cards after hanging in with Paulsboro two weeks ago, despite being shorthanded. Instead, the Red Raiders won 12-of-14 matches to cruise to the victory. Mike Campbell recorded a 22-8 major decision at 170 and John Deaner scored a pin in one minute, seven seconds at 225 to provide Collingswood’s only points.
The Panthers will return to the practice room for the next week and get back to work preparing for the individual portion of the season. The team has several wrestlers who should find their way past districts and into regions.