PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The South Plainfield High School and Piscataway High School wrestling teams met in a dual meet on Wednesday night and the Tigers, ranked No. 7 in the latest NJ.com Top 20 poll, defeated the Chiefs, 44-16.
With the win, South Plainfield improved to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the Greater Middlesex Conference - Red Division while the Chiefs fell to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the division.
South Plainfield never trailed in the match and won nine bouts with five being decided by pin falls. It also picked up bonus point wins on a technical fall. Piscataway came out on top in four bouts. There was no match at 195 pounds.
David Loniewski got things started for the Tigers at 126 pounds in 1:43 over William Irvin. Thomas Fierro followed that up with a pin at 132 in just 13 seconds. Jake Sisk put the hometown Chiefs on the scoreboard with a 5-4 tiebreaker victory over Alex Amato at 138 pounds.
Joe Sacco of South Plainfield then scored another pin for the visitors, this time in 1:40 at 145 pounds against Cameron Smith.
But the Chiefs won the next three matches to cut the deficit at the time to just two points at 18-16.
Piscataway’s 152-pounder Marcus Petite pinned Xavier Santos in 3:42. Joseph Hatcher, at 160, earned a major decision by outscoring Marc Giordano, 13-3. And finally Gabriel Santos defeated Divon Pender by decision, 7-3, at 170.
The Tigers would run the table and win the next matches besides the double-forfeit to regain control of the dual.
Brenden Hedden edged Nicholas Lodato, 3-1, at 182, Zach DelVecchio, in the 220 pound match, pinned Eliezer Wolfskehl in 1:29, Julian Medina won in a tiebreaker, 3-2, versus Andre Felton in the heavyweight match, Julian Irizarry edged Desmon Pleasant at 106, 2-1, Jacob DelVecchio scored a 20-5 tech fall over Deon Pleasant, and Anthony White capped the match with a pin against Kendall Jordan in 1:21.
Both teams have numerous talented individuals that are among the best at their respective weights. For South Plainfield, White, Loniewski, Sacco, and Zach DelVecchio are ranked in the top eight at their weight according to NJ.com.
Luke Niemeyer, who didn’t wrestle against Piscataway, is No. 3 at 195 as well.
For the Chiefs, Hatcher is the No. 4-ranked 160-pounder. Don’t sleep on guys like Sisk or Petite also.
Next up, the Tigers, who came in second place at Henry Boresch Duals at Newton this past weekend, will head to the Hampton Coliseum for the Virginia Duals from Friday to Sunday. Piscataway will travel down to Monroe to take on the Falcons on Friday at 7:00 p.m.