TOMS RIVER, NJ - The South Plainfield High School wrestling team's hard-fought 2019-2020 dual season came to end on Sunday afternoon.

Despite having 10 starters from last year's state-title winning team graduate, the young South Plainfield squad still managed to fight their way to Toms River for a Group 2 semifinal matchup.

The Tigers had their work cut out for them, as they were matched up against a tough West Deptford team.

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 South Plainfield's grapplers fought hard, but the Eagles talent proved to be too much, especially in the later bouts, and South Plainfield had its dual season and its hopes for a fifth straight state title end with a 36-27 loss.

The Tigers had worked their way to a 27-21 lead with three bouts left in the dual, but West Deptford clinched the match by securing a decision victory and two pins to close out the final matches. 

West Deptford's Gavin Gismondi cut into South Plainfield's six-point lead by edging out a 4-0 decision over Daniel Borsos at 160. Jordyn Roane gave the Eagles a 30-27 lead by pinning Aidan McKenzie at 170, and Gavin Shields clinched the win by closing the dual with a pin at 182 pounds, over Kenneth Clevenger.

South Plainfield recorded five wins during the dual. Thomas Renna took a 7-4 decision in the opening bout at 195 pounds, over Cody Thurston. J.J Giordano made quick work of Jacob McDonald by securing a 35 second pin at 106.

Jacob DelVecchio got a quick pin of his own at 120 pounds, by taking a first period fall over Mike Amoriello. Anthony White moved his record to 31-0 with a pin over Justin-Monzo-Hull at 126, and Xavier Santo recorded a first period pin on Brad Schultes at 152 pounds. 

The Tigers end its dual season with an 18-8 record, with six of those losses coming against teams who were at one point ranked in NJ.com's Top 20, and one at the hands of a top-tier Virginia program.

The Tigers' efforts will now shift towards defending its district title next week. South Plainfield  hopes to improve upon its state record 35 straight district titles.