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South Plainfield's Thomas Renna withdraws from state wrestling tournament

Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ) logo Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ) 4/22/2021 Andy Mendlowitz, MyCentralJersey.com
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South Plainfield's Thomas Renna has withdrawn from the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships because of injuries.

Renna was seeded third at 195 and placed seventh in the state last season.

"It's injury-related," said South Plainfield coach Steve Johnston on Thursday morning. "He did everything he could, but unfortunately he just couldn't take it. He should be proud of everything he accomplished and he'll always be able to look back on wrestling and have found memories."

a man jumping in the air: NJSIAA Region 5 tournament.Lbs 195Gavin Claro (Manalapan) vs Thomas Renna (South Plainfield) © Viorel Florescu / NorthJersey.com NJSIAA Region 5 tournament.Lbs 195Gavin Claro (Manalapan) vs Thomas Renna (South Plainfield)

Johnston said that Renna has been battling injuries all season.

"Tommy is making the right decision for him," Johnston said. "It wasn't an easy decision, but in the end his body has too many injuries. So I'm proud of him for making that choice and he can move forward."

This season, the senior is 8-2 and he placed second in last week's North 2 Region tournament.

In 2019-20, Renna finished 33-5 and captured a Region 5 title. At the state tournament, he reached the quarterfinals and placed seventh to earn a medal.

The state wrestling championship is being held this year at Phillipsburg High School on Saturday and Sunday.

South Plainfield's other wrestlers competing are Jeffrey Jacome (106) and Anthony White (145).

Email: amendlowitz@njpressmedia.com

This article originally appeared on MyCentralJersey.com: South Plainfield's Thomas Renna withdraws from state wrestling tournament

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