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SAM JANICKI PHOTO


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Cadet World Team member Vito Arujau (left) won his fourth New York state title for Syossett High and will now compete at Cornell.


ome would think the son of a World champ would feel pressured or intimidated by his father’s success, but not


Vito Arujau. He i s determined to surpass his father’s achievements.


freestyle World champion and 1992 Olympic


The son of two-time Russian bronze medalist Vougar


Oroudjov, Arujau moved to the Unit- ed States with his family when he was a young kid. It wasn’t until years later


— By Taylor Miller —


— when Arujua was in sixth grade — that he decided to give wrestling a try. “It mainly started off as me


wanting to show I could be a good wrestler also,” Arujau said. “It later turned into an ambition of trying to beat my dad’s record, and now through multiple years of training, I realize that my goal is feasible.” His dad played a big part in


Arujau’s quick development, serving as his primary coach and taking him overseas to train at his gym in Ossetia. The focus of his training was keeping it simple and sticking to the basics. “He trained me. He taught me all


I know,” Arujau said. “I have differed a little bit from his style, but he doesn’t do anything real fancy. It’s a hard ba- sics kind of thing. High crotch, single, double, sprawl, top, bottom. That’s re- ally all it is. We do the same drills every day at practice and build around those strong basics.” But the most important thing


Arujau learned from his father is his hard work ethic. “He taught me that if I want


something, I’m going to have to train for it and nobody is going to give it to me. I’m going to have to go and take it,” he said. That mentality and determined


effort paid off last year when Arujau earned a spot on the Cadet World Team and the chance to represent the United States at 58 kg/127.75 pounds at the UWW Cadet World Champion-


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bout as his toughest of the event. “His technique was very sound,”


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VHPLÀ QDOV ZLWK D ZLQ 7KHUH KH took on Ukrainian Denys Borohan, against whom he registered another 10-0 tech.


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the international novice landed him LQ WKH NJ À QDOV ZKHUH KH WRRN RQ Amirhossein Maghsoudi of Iran. Arujau took a quick 3-0 lead


with a step out followed by a take- down, but Maghsoudi wrapped up WKH À UVW SHULRG ZLWK D DGYDQWDJH thanks to a late takedown and expo- sure points.


ships in Tbilisi, Georgia, in Septem- ber.


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