SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Perseverance has been the name of the game for South Plainfield this season, so in a way, it’s only fitting that the team needed to dig deep to grab another sectional title.
South Plainfield seemed to be in a rough spot after giving up five straight bouts midway through its Central Jersey Group 2 final against Rumson-Fair Haven. A clutch win by Thomas Renna and some much needed pins by the team’s heavier wrestlers helped the Tigers roar back and take a 42-30 win and its sixth straight sectional title.
If one had to identify one turning point that led to South Plainfield’s victory, it undoubtedly had to be Renna’s razor close win at 195 pounds. Heading into the 195 bout, South Plainfield dropped five straight bouts and was trailing 25-15 with six bouts left in the match.
Renna and RFH’s Liam Horan battled through three periods, and Horan looked primed to take a 1-0 win, until Renna landed a takedown just before the clock ran out on the match.
Julian Medina followed that up with a late third period pin over Justin Kuo at 220, and Austin Scott gave South Plainfield a lead off another late pin over James Greely at 285.
Tyler Balent aided South Plainfield’s efforts with a pin over Alex Simpson early in the dual, at 138 pounds. 120-pounder Jacob DelVecchio also recorded a pin over Will Grossarth in the dual’s final bout at 120. Jeffery Jacome recorded a pin at 106 over Ava Jordan.
Anthony White kept his season undefeated with a quick pin over Logan McGinn at 132.
Although the team had setbacks earlier this season against conference rivals Monroe and Piscataway, the Tigers will be the only Greater Middlesex Conference team still alive to take part in Sunday’s group semifinal action. The four-time defending champion Tigers will hope to continue its postseason success in a semifinal match against West Deptford at 2pm in Toms River at RWJBarnabas Health Arena.