The South Plainfield Wrestling Team had a great opening to their season defeating Scotch Plains – Fanwood 54-27 on Friday night and finished second at the Morris Knolls Tournament on Saturday. The Tigers, ranked 13th in the state by the Star Ledger, compiled 168 points narrowly falling to Montville by 3.5 points. South Plainfield had three individual champions, five second place finishers, one third place finisher, and one fourth place finisher. Much of the weekend’s success can be attributed to the outstanding wrestling of freshman, Andrew Loniewski.
Andrew Loniewski currently sits at 4-0 on the young season with two pins. On Friday night Andrew, opened his high school campaign with a second period pin of Scotch Plains – Fanwood’s returning State Qualifier, Brandon Bowles. Andrew followed up his Friday night performance with an impressive day on Saturday. Andrew entered the tournament at the sixth seed and recorded three consecutive upsets to win the title. He recorded a 15 second pin in his first match to advance into the semi-finals. Andrew dominated the second seed enroute to a 5-2 win. Andrew would go on to defeat the top seed from Montville 6-4 in the finals. The Tigers are back in action this week as the take on Seton Hall Prep on Saturday December 28th at 10:00 A.M.