STAFFORD, NJ - The Southern Regional wrestling team took on a strong challenge on Saturday.  The Rams took on the South Plainfield High School wrestling team at home and lost 38-16.  .

The third ranked Tigers are 21-1 on the season.  The Rams’ (9-2) wrestlers managed to put on some strong individual performances in the lighter weight classes, but the talent of the Tigers proved too much for them in this contest.  South Plainfield gained their fourth victory against ranked teams this seaoson.  

Jake Giordano got the Tigers off to a strong start when he notched a 17-4 major decision over Ryan Thorn in the dual’s first match, at 126 pounds. Southern struck back in the next match as, Nicholas Pepe notched a 4-0 victory over Jacob Painton.

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The two squads traded wins in the next three weight classes before South Plainfield’s Jake Hoffman connected on a go-ahead takedown with seconds remaining in his 152 match against Dan Gorman to get a 7-5 decision. Ben Lundy followed up Hoffman’s performance with a decision win of his own.

With the team score 13-9 in their favor, the Tigers closed the last seven matches with a 25-6 run that saw Ryan Marston, and Zach DelVecchio pick up decision victories, and Luke Niemeyer and Thomas Fierro score pinfalls. Joe Heilmann picked up a forfeit win in the dual’s last match.

Southern's winners were John Stout, Owen Kretschmer, Seon Bowker, Nick O'Connell and Nick Pepe.  

Seon Bowker has had a great week wrestling for Southern this past week.  The highlight was handing Brick's Dean Helstowski his 1st loss of the season, to go with a major against South Plainfield and a pin against Jackson Memorial.

126: Jake Giordano (SP) md. Ryan Thorn  17-4
132: Nicholas Pepe (S) d. Jacob Painton  4-0
138: Joe Sacco (SP) d. Matt Barnett  3-0
145: Nick O'Connell (S) d. Kyle Bythell  7-5
152: Jake Hoffman (SP) d. Dan Gorman  9-7
160: Ben Lundy (SP) d. Crew Truex  6-2
170: John Stout (S) d. Brenden Hedden  3-1
182: Ryan Marston (SP) d. Vin Miele  3-2 TB2
195: Seon Bowker (S) md. Joseph Nardacci  11-2
220: Luke Niemeyer (SP) p. Matt Mackanic  4:54
Hwt: Zach DelVecchio (SP) md. Evan Giberson  13-4
106: Thomas Fierro (SP) p. Jayson Scerbo  0:36
113: Owen Kretschmer (S) d. Alex Amato  6-2
120: Joe Heilmann (SP) by forfeit