The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team had a successful weekend as they competed at the Region V Tournament at Franklin High School. Overall the Tigers qualified three wrestlers to the State Tournament with Anthony White and Tommy Renna winning region titles at 132lbs and 195lbs respectively. Their third state qualifier came as a bit of a surprise to the rest of the region and possibly the state, but not to the South Plainfield team. Second year wrestler Austin Scott placed fourth at heavyweight qualifying him for the State Tournament in Atlantic City.
Austin Scott, in his first year of varsity wrestling, placed 3rd at the Morris Knolls Tournament and battled his way through a daunting schedule to enter the state tournament with a 24-10 record. Austin entered the post season as a 3rd seed in the districts at heavyweight and battled his way to a 2nd place finish despite being outweighed by nearly 65 pounds in every match. Facing a win or go home match as the 12th seed on the Wednesday night of the Region V Tournament, Austin found himself opposite Greater Middlesex Conference Runner-up and 5th seeded Johan Coria of Perth Amboy. Austin outlasted Coria, scoring the decisive takedown and near fall points in sudden victory to move on to the region quarterfinals. In the next match, Austin drew 4th seeded Ryan Sutter of Delaware Valley High School and won a hard fought 3-2 match to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Austin wrestled returning state place-winner Marcus Estevez of Franklin and lost a close 2-0 match. The next round would determine if Austin would extend his season as he drew Wilber Ramirez-Gomez of Edison. After falling behind early in the bout, Austin used his conditioning along with a back trip to throw Ramirez-Gomez to his back and recorded the fall in 3:49. Austin would lose his 3rd place match by fall, but had accomplished his goal of being a state qualifier. Austin became the lowest seeded wrestler in the state to advance to the State Tournament. The Tigers will all compete this upcoming weekend down in Atlantic City.