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Garfield Wrestlers Become Family

The Garfield Boilermakers practice at the high school.
The Garfield Boilermakers practice at the high school. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

GARFIELD, N.J. — Members of the Garfield High School varsity wrestling team reject the notion that their sport is an individual one.

The Boilermakers started the winter season on a strong note with a 6-3 record and attribute it to the bond they have built with one another over the years.

The wrestlers walk onto the mat by themselves but always have their teammate's support, head coach James Dolci said.

"They never miss practice, they're here early, Dolci said. "It's really nice to be coaching a team that really wants to learn."

The main wreslters for Garfield include Joshua Ferreira, Matthew Spoto, Jordan Robinson, Luis Gomez, John Gonzalez, Justin DeMeester, Jason Ruiz, Bryan Vargas, Derek Abreu, Kevin Castillo, Mike Filieri, Brandon Aponte, Jeffrey Sanabria and Luis Aguilar.

Dolci, in his fourth year as head coach, took his voyage with the current senior class. He knew the group longer than that, though, as he spent 12 years as a recreation coach too.

Ruiz, a senior, said he's seen his teammates come a long way.

"We've just got a good group of guys here and I think we're going to do some good things here," he said. "... I wouldn't want to trade these guys for anybody else. I love the group I have here."

Fellow senior Kyle Reinert said the camaraderie makes for a fun experience.

"They're like my family," Reinert said. "I look at them as like my brothers. Whatever's wrong with them, bothers me. So I look at them kind of like their bigger brother and I take care of them."

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