SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Eleven seniors were honored before Wednesday night’s match and there was much to celebrate after the final whistle.
For each senior, five points were posted on the scoreboard as the South Plainfield Tigers (17-1, 5-0 GMC Red) defeated another division rival, the Monroe Falcons (10-2, 5-1 GMC Red) 55-9 in Anthony Cotoia Gymnasium.
The Tigers won 11 of 13 contested bouts, four of them by pinfall, one by technical fall, and two by major decision. They also won the first eleven bouts of the match.
Three seniors started off the night with Brenden Hedden’s hard fought victory 182 pounds followed by two falls by two of the teams strongest competitors, Luke Niemeyer and Zach Delvecchio. Delvecchio thinks despite a convincing win, there is definitely more on the agenda for the Tigers to accomplish the season.
“It’s pretty good to beat the second best team in our division,” Delvecchio said. “GMC’s are coming soon and we just need to keep it rolling.
Other notable victories include Julian Irizarry earning a technical fall victory and putting up 24 points in his bout. He was on the offensive for the entirety of the contest. Two major decisions were earned at 132 and 138 pounds by two more seniors, Thomas Fierro and Alex Amato. Head Coach Steve Johnston knows how talented his senior group is and he hopes they can lead the team to their goals going forward.
“They are all winners,” Johnston said. “They have been together through It all going back to the recreation level and have put together three state championships here and hopefully a fourth this year. They go out there and they do what it takes to win.”
It will be a quick turnaround for the Tigers as they will host the #3 team in the NJ.com Top 20 on Thursday night. The Howell Rebels are coming off a 56-6 win at Middletown South Wednesday night to improve their record to 12-0. The matchup between the Tigers and Rebels is being tabbed by NJ.com as a “mega match”. Johnston knows how important facing a tough opponent is at this time of the year.
“This match will prepare for what we want to do and where we want to be,” Johnston said. “We know that Howell is good and that they have a great program. We want to go out there and battle and hopefully come out on top.”
The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Anthony Cotoia Gymnasium.
Individual Match Results
106: Julian Irizarry (SP) defeated Michael Mustillo (Monroe) by technical fall at 5:05
113: Jacob Delvecchio (SP) pinned Jayton Otlowski (Monroe) at 1:26
120: Anthony White (SP) defeated Joseph Fiordaliso (Monroe) 8-2
126: David Loniewski (SP) defeated Michael Bilardo (Monroe) 5-3
132: Thomas Fierro (SP) defeated Corey Fernandez (Monroe) by major decision 10-2
138: Alex Amato (SP) defeated Cooper Boyum (Monroe) by major decision 12-2
145: Joe Sacco (SP) won by forfeit
152: Ian McCabe (Monroe) defeated Marc Giordano (SP) 7-0
160: Sebastian Santos (SP) defeated Justin Whitacre (Monroe) 3-1
170: Nicholas Weikel (Monroe) pinned Divon Pender (SP) at 5:11
182: Brenden Hedden (SP) defeated AJ Gabilanes (Monroe) 8-2
195: Luke Niemeyer (SP) pinned Jack Richards (Monroe) at 0:49
220: Zach Delvecchio (SP) pinned John Slover (Monroe) at 0:40
285: Julian Medina (SP) pinned Nicholas Sta Anna (Monroe) at 0:24