TOMS RIVER - The Southern Regional Rams Wrestling team competed in the overall Group V NJSIAA team championship on Sunday afternoon but lost 33-15 to Howell, the third ranked team in New Jersey. Southern has been ranked as the number 12 team overall in the state.
Southern was victorious against the North Jersey Section 1 champion Watchung Hills in the 9 a.m. semifinals earlier in the day.
Sebastian Delligatti, Matt Barnett, Ben LoParo, Matt Mackanic and Jason Scerbo recorded wins for the Rams in this hard fought match.
GROUP 5 FINALS: Howell 33 - Southern 15 - FINAL
126: Sebastian Delligatti (S) d. Luke Rada 7-5
132: Matt Barnett (S) d. Darby Diedrich 4-3
138: Dan Esposito (H) md. Robert Woodcock 11-3
145: Kyle Slendorn (H) d. Nicholas Pepe 8-2
152: Paul Jakub (H) d. Dan Gorman 5-3
160: Xavier Kelly (H) d. Nick O'Connell 8-7
170: Shane Reitsma (H) tf. Vin Miele 20-5 4:00
182: Christian Murphy (H) d. John Stout 5-2
195: Ben LoParo (S) d. Rashaun Hansford 8-4
220: Matt Mackanic (S) d. Joe Sardina 1-0
Hwt: Scott Prendergast (H) d. Jayden Smith 3-2
106: Jesse Liptzin (H) p. Matt Brielmeier 1:42
113: Jayson Scerbo (S) d. Ethan Liptzin 9-2
120: Jerry Lleshi (H) d. Owen Kretschmer 8-5