Wrestling phenom Grigor Cholakyan

Grigor Cholakyan

is a senior in high school with a full-ride scholarship to Stanford University. This amazing athlete and Armenian American is ranked fifth overall in the United States. This monumental feat is due to his dedication, support system and discipline.

When he was young, Cholakyan started doing gymnastics as a fun way to exercise. About 10 years ago, he began his wrestling journey. He practices for two hours every day in a hot room and trains six days a week, with a recovery day on Sundays. Along with training, he has to manage his weight for competitions. This regimen requires immense rigor and balance.

Cholakyan lives in Burbank, California and attends St. John Bosco High School. He comes from a tight-knit Armenian family. His parents, Sarkis and Marina, along with his sisters Elizabeth and Anahit are his biggest supporters in and out of the rink. Cholakyan envisions himself graduating, training, wrestling and furthering his education in the next five years.

Grigor Cholakyan in a wrestling match

“You have to follow your path. You must stay disciplined, do what your teachers and coaches are asking you to do, and then go ahead and do extra. It’s so important to listen to your coaches and teachers for leadership and guidance,” Cholakyan said.

“I make it a point to represent my Armenian culture at events, because it’s a part of my identity. There is power in being Armenian. Representing a nation that continues to persevere throughout history is empowering,” he continued. 

We wish Cholakyan the best of luck in his endeavors. Continue to make the Armenian nation proud, Grigor!

Talar Keoseyan is a mother, educator and writer. Talar’s books "Mom and Dad, Why Do I Need to Know My Armenian Heritage?", "Tigran’s Song and "Our Tigran" are available on Amazon. She has been an educator for 26 years and resides in Los Angeles, CA. She can be reached at .


Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS