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CENTRAL JERSEY GROUP 2 FINALS

#3 Rumson  @  #1 South Plainfield



Rumson Bulldogs (15-3)
Sectional Titles: 0
Previous Sectional Finals Appearance: First Finals Appearance


How They Got Here: QF - Delran (48-24)  /  SF - Pt Boro (32-31)


South Plainfield Tigers (17-7)
Conference: Greater Middlesex Conference
District 17  /  Region 5
Sectional Titles: 16 (Last: CJG2 - 2019)
Previous Sectional Finals Appearance: 2019 CJG2 Champs

Shore Conference Opponents: CBA (W 56-16)  /  TR North (L 9-45)  /  Howell (L 20-43)  /  Southern (L 9-45)  /  Raritan (W 40-24)

How They Got Here: QF - North Hunterdon (48-18)  /  SF - Raritan (40-24)


Directions to South Plainfield High School:  200 Lake Street, South Plainfield, NJ 07080


Perhaps no team was hit harder to graduation this year than South Plainfield. The 2019 Group 2 Champions graduated 10 starters; among them were 7 State Tournament participants. You don't win 16 Sectional Titles and 12 Group Titles by going through extended down-time rebuilds though, so while the Tigers don't have a single senior in the wrestling room, they are still, once again, the team to beat in their Section. They took some lumps in the regular season to some of this year's State powers, but all of that should have them sharpened for the chance to successfully defend their Sectional Title at home.

For Rumson, it is their first trip to the Sectional Finals. The season prior to head coach Bryan Heller taking over the program, the Bulldogs had 11 wrestlers in the room, and were often forfeiting six weights in duals. In year 7 of his tenure, he has the program just one win away from capturing their first ever State Sectional Title.

Just hearing South Plainfield vs. Rumson in a Sectional Final makes you automatically assume their will be a huge experience edge to the Tigers in a match with the stakes this high, but a good portion of the Tigers' lineup will also be competing in their first postseason final due to last year's team being stacked with seniors. The big edge for SP though will be having that home mat advantage. South Plainfield is always a tough gym to compete in, so it bears watching to see how the Bulldogs react in that environment.


PREDICTIONS
Despo: I said in January I thought Rumson was going to win this thing, so I'm sticking with the Bulldogs in the upset! 
Anonymous: South Plainfield



Possible Matchups
 Rumson Bulldogs
WGT South Plainfield Tigers
 (So) Will Grossarth  (1-12)106
 (Fr) JJ Giordano  (22-4)
 (So) Aidan Shaughnessy  (23-4)113
 (So) Julian Irizarry  (20-10)
 (Sr) Tristan Izzo  (17-8)120
 (So) Jacob DelVecchio  (22-9 / NJ-WB2)
 (So) Logan McGinn  (4-3)126
 (Fr) Andrew Loniewski  (17-14)
 (So) Alex Simpson  (8-11)132
 (Jr) Anthony White  (29-0 / NJ-WB4)
 (Fr) Nick Costello  (5-14)138
 (So) Tyler Balent  (16-14)
 (Jr) Max Brignola  (28-0 / NJ-WB4)145
 (Fr) Daniel Gonzalez-Ross  (7-9)
 (Jr) Tyler Brignola  (22-4 / R5-WB1)152
 (Jr) Xavier Santos  (21-9)
 (Sr) Mike Ponenti  (15-3)160
 (Fr) Daniel Borsos  (8-15)
 (So) Shay Addison  (27-1)170
 (So) Aidan McKenzie  (4-24)
 (Jr) Jack Kelly  (25-3 / R5-5th)182
 (Jr) Kenneth Clevenger  (4-23)
 (Sr) Liam Horan  (22-4 / R5-6th)195
 (Jr) Thomas Renna  (21-3)
 (Sr) James Greely  (11-9)220
 (Jr) Julian Medina  (21-6)
 (Fr) Justin Kuo  (7-8)Hwt
 (Jr) Austin Scott  (18-6) 
                                                                       
              
                                                                      







 


















































































































































































































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