RAHWAY—Urayoan Garcia, a junior at Rahway High School, was recently named to the second team for NJ Wrestling All-Area and All-Prep individual honors, also wrestled at the New Jersey State Competition.
This honor followed his second place finish in the regional and district levels and a third place result in the county at his weight class. In addition, he won a first this year in the Hanover Park Tournament.
His work partner is fellow team member Diego Chavez, who won eighth place in the New Jersey State Competition for his class. For Garcia, wrestling at competitive events is a very intense experience, a chance for two individuals to use all their strength and speed.
Outside of school, Garcia wrestles in independent New Jersey non-scholastic events, where he is a state champion for Greco-Roman style and third in the state for freestyle wrestling.
Garcia, however, puts as much energy into the scholastic side of his student career as he does into the athletic side. He looks forward to attending college to major in history and English and become a psychologist or other health professional. Time management is a major concern. When at school, he makes productive use of his study halls and any other available time. He does not have outside employment, but is paid for chores at home; his parents say wrestling is his job now, hopefully leading to scholarships later.
Garcia has been working to bring his grade point average up to a 3.00 and is currently at a 2.96. He has sought out difficult academic challenges. This year Garcia is taking Advanced Placement English Language and Composition.
JoAnn Bertelo teaches students the proper techniques and tools for the AP test and for college. She does not argue about assignments. Bertelo’s view is “Do it or don’t but take the consequences just as you would in college.” Garcia’s other favorite course has been Honors American History taught by Kenneth Farell.
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