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When Raritan and Middletown North square off during the high school wrestling season the stakes range anywhere from battling for a division or conference title to securing local bragging rights for another year. This time, it's about much more than that.

On Friday night at Raritan's Joseph J. DeVergilio Field, the Rockets and the Lions will grapple for a cause, aiming to raise money and awareness to aid in the fight against addiction. At 5 p.m. there will be a viewing of the FloWrestling film "Fight of Your Life", which explores the world of addiction and how many people get their start with prescription drugs. Raritan head coach Rob Nucci is featured in the film and speaks about the struggles with addiction that some of his former wrestlers have gone through.

"Everyone knows someone who has struggled with this epidemic of addiction," Nucci said in a social media post promoting the event. "We are often asked, 'What can I do to help?'. Come out and watch some great wrestling and support our fight for recovery!"

Following the viewing of "Fight of Your Life", Raritan and Middletown North will wrestle in an exhibition match. A $5 donation is requested with all proceeds going to support Hazlet's Hope Network, a peer-based organization to help those struggling with substance abuse.

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