KENILWORTH, NJ - Brearley High School wrestling practice is in full swing, on the heels of fall sports just finishing up for some last week, like Brearley's assistant football coach Mike Kiley who serves as the head wrestling coach too.
Along with both sports, Kiley also is the assistant coach of spring track and he is a full-time health and physical education teacher, in his second year at Brearley.
The Brearley wrestling program won just a single match last year as a team, but had several state caliber wrestlers including this year's captains Saverio Salcfas and Timothy Murphy. Both wrestlers are seniors and along with other standout Charlie Buckley, look to improve upon both their team and individual records.
Salcfas, a Dayton High School student in Springfield, who wrestles with Brearley because his school does not have a program, wrestles at the 195-weight class and looks forward to improving upon his impressive junior year record of 27-7. Salcfas comments, "I want to be a state champion this year, I wrestle to win, I love the sport because of the feeling that you work so hard that whatever you put into it you get out of it."
Murphy, a Kenilworth resident, wrestling at the 132-weight class, has been wrestling alongside Salcfas since sixth grade on the middle and high school teams. He adds, "I want to make it further than I did last year which was placing third at districts. And as for our team, we have alot of beginners, but they work hard and we just want to do better than last year."
Coach Kiley agrees with Murphy, "We want to improve upon last year, our goal this season is for each kid to improve individually, gain confidence in themselves and compete hard."
The team's first match is on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7pm in Clark at Arthur L. Johnson High School.