Wrestling phenom Grigor Cholakyan

Grigor Cholakyan

Wrestling phenom 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

Talar Keoseyan

Talar Keoseyan is a mother, educator and writer. She is the author of Vanna's Adventures (discusses Armenian traditions and customs); Mom and Dad, Why Do I Need to Know My Armenian Heritage? (a children's book about being proud of our heritage); Our Tigran and Tigran's Song (written in honor of Tigran Harutyunyan, a fedayee from the 44 Day War). Talar was a member of the Philadelphia AYF (Papken Suni and Sebouh chapters), as well as Homenetmen, Hamazkayin and ARS. She is currently a member of the La Crescenta "Talin" ARS chapter. She can be reached at talar725@gmail.com or Hokees1111 on Instagram.


  1. Grigor is a unique young man! I’ve watched him mold into the great athlete he has become, and am proud of all his accomplishments. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you Grigor! Keep that Armenian spirit alive and always yearn to achieve higher goals.

  2. I’m bursting with pride witnessing your unwavering commitment and hard work as an athlete. Keep up the dedication, sweetheart. Your journey as an athlete is a testament to your resilience, and I have no doubt that your hard work will continue to lead you to great achievements.

  3. Your dedication to wrestling doesn’t go unnoticed. Seeing you put in the work day in and day out is truly inspiring. Your passion and hard work make us all proud. Keep dominating on the mat – you’re unstoppable!

  4. Great article Talar! I am immensely proud of Grigor’s unwavering dedication and hard work as an Armenian American scholar athlete. I’m excited to see the next chapter at Stanford!

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