WEST ORANGE, NJ – The South Plainfield Varsity Wrestling Team continued to roll up wins defeating both Seton Hall Prep and North Plainfield in convincing fashion. South Plainfield downed Seton Hall Prep 49-20, and North Plainfield 57-21.


In the match against North Plainfield the Tigers racked up ten wins, seven by pin. Against a tough Seton Hall Prep squad the Tigers once again racked up 10 wins, four by pin and a major decision.


“We were able to get a lot of our young wrestlers in the lineup and they responded well,” said South Plainfield Head Coach Kevin McCann. “Our varsity guys seem to keep improving and our conditioning was better. We were more aggressive. It’s a good start to a long week.”

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The Tigers did seem to have improvements across the board. The Tigers inserted Alex Amato at the 106lb spot, and Amato responded by winning both his matches by pins. Joey Heilmann and Jake Giordano both won despite being bumped up a weight class. Alejandro Garcia won both his matches by pin. At 160lb, Nick DiFrancesco defeated T.J. Calas, 5-2. A little over a week ago Calas finished 2nd to DiFrancesco’s 4th at the Morris Knolls Tournament.


Below are the individual box scores from both matches:



106-Alex Amato (South Plainfield) Pin. Daniel Caicedo (SHP), 1.00.

113-Joe Heilmann (South Plainfield) dec. Maguire Pecci (SHP), 10-3.

120-Jake Giordano (South Plainfield) dec. Joe Pratola (SHP), 6-5.

126-Charlie Cunningham (SHP) Maj. dec. Ryan DuHamel (South Plainfield), 9-1.

132-Joe Sacco (South Plainfield) Pin. Jake Smith (SHP), .53.

138-Alejandro Garcia (South Plainfield) Pin. Sekou Rowe (SHP), .52.

145-Jeff Plungis (South Plainfield) Maj. dec. Danny Young (SHP), 10-0.

152-Aidan Monteverdi (SHP) Maj. dec. Dan Hedden (South Plainfield), 11-3.

160-Nick DiFrancesco (South Plainfield) dec. T.J. Calas (SHP), 5-2.

170-Chris Maszczak (South Plainfield) Forfeit.

182-Luke Niemeyer (South Plainfield) Pin. Patrick Carpinelli (SHP), .54.

195-George Pittenger (South Plainfield) Forfeit.

220-Jonathan Alvarado (SHP) Forfeit.

285- Niko Diakides (SHP) Forfeit



106-Alex Amato (South Plainfield) Pin. Kenny Navas (NPHS), .52.

113-Sebastion Santos (South Plainfield) Forfeit.

120-Cristian Velasco (NPHS) Forfeit.

126-Jacob Painton (South Plainfield) Pin. Scott Almonte (NPHS), .24.

132-Emadre Walker (NPHS) Pin. Joshua Stasenko (South Plainfield), 5.36.

138-Alejandro Garcia (South Plainfield) Pin. Darwil Destra (NPHS), 1.54.

145-Xavier Nunez (South Plainfield) Forfeit.

152-Brenden Hedden (South Plainfield) Pin. Richard Cabrera (NPHS), 1.15.

160-Connor Adams (South Plainfield) Pin. Farrakh Naseer (NPHS), 3.54.

170-Ben Lundy (South Plainfield) Pin. Fredy Penaranda (NPHS), 3.21.

182-Luke Niemeyer (South Plainfield) Pin. Ivan Proano (NPHS), 1.00.

195-Azan Mohammad (NPHS) dec. Ryan Marston (South Plainfield), 4-2.

220-George Pittenger (South Plainfield) dec. Jonathan Guardado (NPHS), 3-2.

285- Bamnjo Bannavti (NPHS) Forfeit.