TOMS RIVER, NJ – Coming off the excitement of winning their first ever sectional title on Friday against Watchung Hills, No. 1 seeded Piscataway Chiefs advanced to compete at the 2017 NJSIAA Group Wrestling Tournament at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River on Sunday.

But the Chiefs’ hopes for the Group 5 title were dashed when they fell to the 9th seeded Howell Rebels during the semifinal round, 45-24.

Howell went on to face Hunterdon Central in the championship match Sunday afternoon, defeating the Red Devils, 28-27 to win the 2017 Group 5 state title.

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The Rebels finish the season with a nearly perfect record at 32-1 overall, 8-0 in their conference division.

The Chiefs’ record changes to 16-6 overall, 5-2 in the GMC Red conference division. They move on to district competition February 17th and 18th at Red Bank Regional High School.

MATCH RESULTS

106: Jesse Liptzon (Howell) over Daniel Mikita (Piscataway) (Pin 1:47)

113: Luke Rada (Howell) over Maximus Parra (Piscataway) Decision 5-3)

120: Eli Orford (Howell) over Erick Valentin (Piscataway) (Pin 4:31)

126: Darby Diedrich (Howell) over Robert McEvoy (Piscataway) (Technical Fall 4:31, 16-1)

132: Kyle Slendorn (Howell) over Chris Aikens (Piscataway) (Pin - 3:23)

138: Daniel Esposito (Howell) over Marcus Petite (Piscataway) (Decision 6-4)

145: Xavier Kelly (Howell) over Evan Okamoto (Piscataway) (Pin: 1:38)

152: Gabriel Rodrigues (Piscataway) over Nick Sulkowski (Howell) (Major Decision 14-4)

160: Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway) over Patrick Anderson (Howell) (Major Decision 10-1)

170: Michael Petite (Piscataway) over Christian Murphy (Howell) (Major Decision 18-4)

182: Shane Reitsma (Howell) over Nick Recine (Piscataway) (Major Decision 14-2)

195: Elijah Pitt-Goodson (Piscataway) over Janai Crippen (Howell) (Pin - 4:20)

220: Eric Keosseian (Howell) over                             (Forfeit)

285: Samuel Rogers (Piscataway) over                    (Forfeit)

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