Pat Mooney’s win at 152 pounds gives Southern Regional a 27-24 triumph over Howell to win the Group 5 State Championship at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.  SSZ has the highlights and post-match reaction

Southern 27 Howell 24

Pat Mooney’s 4-2 win at 152 pounds broke a 24-24 tie to give the Rams its second state championship on the mat.  Southern raced out to a 15-0 lead, before Howell rolled off three straight wins including a pinfall from Kyle Slendorn at 113 pounds to tie the match at 18.  Mike Racanelli came back from a 1-0 deficit to score a 2 point takedown in the 3rd period to secure a 2-1 win over Peter Dee to give Southern a 24-21 advantage.  Kris Lindemann gave the Rebels a win at 145 pounds setting the stage for a winner take all bout at 152 pounds.  Mooney jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Christian Murphy and hung on to give the Rams the title:

Southern 27, Howell 24

160 pounds: Seon Bowker (Southern) defeats Frank Leonardis 8-3

170 pounds: Connor Scully (Southern) defeats Brandon Maurice 8-0 (majority decision)

182 pounds: Peyton Blauvelt (Southern) defeats Zcak Barnes 14-6 (majority decision)

195 pounds: Joe Toci (Southern) defeats Ryan Marter 11-3 (majority decision)

220 pounds: Eric Keossian (Howell) defeats Nick Suriano 13-7

Heavyweight: Joe Miele (Southern) defeats Rich Christie 4-1

106 pounds: Darby Diedrich (Howell) defeats Dylan Cardell 13-3 (majority decision)

113 pounds: Kyle Slendorn (Howell) pins Owen Kretschmer :30

120 pounds: Nick Ciacca (Howell) technical fall over Nick Pepe (3:30)

126 pounds: Matt Barnett (Southern) defeats Dan Esposito 7-1

132 pounds: Anthony Galgliano (Howell) defeats Gianni Bennett 5-2

138 pounds: Mike Racanelli (Southern) defeats Peter Dee 2-1

145 pounds: Kris Lindemann (Howell) defeats Teddy Caporino 7-4

152 pounds: Pat Mooney (Southern) defeats Christian Murphy 4-2

Southern wins

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