Athlete of the Week Jan. 20: James Garfield, A.I. du Pont High School

Athlete of the Week Jan. 20: James Garfield, A.I. du Pont High School

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Athlete of the Week Jan. 20: James Garfield, A.I. du Pont High School

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JAMES GARFIELD

senior * wrestler * A.I. du Pont

Won the 220-pound weight class at the Green Knight Classic at Mount Pleasant High. Garfield pinned each of his first two opponents in 47 seconds, then outlasted Abdur Wilson of Christiana to win a 6-2 decision in the championship match.THE WEEK:

“He wrestled very well,” A.I. du Pont coach Vic Leonard Jr. said of Garfield. “His first two matches were dominant. His third match, he hadn’t seen this wrestler before and he was a tough foe. I think he went out there with a smart game plan and wrestled a very smart match.”THE COACH SAYS:

Garfield finished second in A.I.’s Tiger Classic last month, then picked up his first tournament title of the season on Saturday. He said he caught Wilson off guard by going low. “I wasn’t afraid to shoot, and he didn’t expect it coming from a 220-pounder,” Garfield said. “Most of us don’t shoot; we just like to bang around like heavyweights.”THE DIFFERENCE:

Garfield had never wrestled against Wilson, but he treats all first-time opponents the same. “I honestly don’t really think about who I’m wrestling,” he said. “I just worry about what I’m going to do. Basically, when I’m out there, it’s just like another practice. I’m out there just practicing in front of everybody else.”THE FIRST TIME:

“I like math, actually,” Garfield said. “It’s easy, and it can relate to anything on this planet.”THE CLASSROOM:

Garfield said he would like to continue wrestling in college, but would prefer to concentrate on academics during his freshman year before resuming the sport. He has yet to decide on a college, but said his goal is to earn a doctorate in sociology and work with inner-city children to reduce gang violence.THE FUTURE:

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