The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team has had a tremendous season.  The Tigers won the Morris Knolls Tournament to open their season.  Another highlight for South Plainfield was defeating nationally ranked teams as they won the Virginia Duals National Division Championship for the second time in the programs history.  In accomplishing this, the team has compiled a 17-2 dual meet record and is currently ranked 6th in the State of New Jersey.  This past week South Plainfield defeated state ranked Southern Regional 33-21 and won their 11th straight Red Division Championship by defeating J.P. Stevens 80-0. The team also captured their 11th straight Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Championship outscoring second place Piscataway 296-177.5 on Saturday.  One wrestler that was integral in the team’s success this past week was senior 138lber. Alex Amato.

Alex Amato started the season with a 3rd place finish at the Morris Knolls Tournament.  He currently sits at 14-8 on the season. Alex entered this past weekend as the 3rd seed in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament and battled his way to his first GMC Tournament championship.  In the first round Alex pinned J.P. Steven’s Ronaldo Romero Banos in 55 seconds, in the quarterfinals Alex defeated State Qualifier Trevor Mastorio 6-4 in sudden victory, and in the semi-finals, Alex pinned Derek Zelesnick from St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) to advance to his first county final. In the finals, Alex wrestled Troy O’Connor from Middlesex/Dunellen.  Alex was losing by one point with 25 seconds left and scored the decisive takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the match to capture the championship.  The Tigers will look for Alex to continue wrestling well as South Plainfield prepares to win their fourth consecutive State Title.