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Hilton native staying ready for rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

Rich Donnelly
Updated: July 28, 2020 11:29 PM
Created: July 28, 2020 10:30 PM

HILTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — Right now he's supposed to be on the other side of the world competing in the Olympics.

Due to the coronavirus issues across the planet, the Olympics were postponed by a year and Hilton's Yianni Diakomihalis had to put his dreams on hold. With one more year to go until the rescheduled Olympics, Diakomihalis is staying ready for the games.

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"It's our reality, yes things are different, but for me it's about taking what you have and making it work," Diakomihalis said.

He's one of the best wrestlers in the world, but his chance to prove it at the Olympic level will have to wait one more year. Diakomihalis redshirted at Cornell last year to prepare for the Olympics, but this year the two-time national champion plans to compete again at the college level.

"I could redshirt if I wanted to, but for me, it'll be better to wrestle this season and get back into things, get back into school," Diakomihalis said.

And Diakomihalis has plenty of help getting ready for the college season when he's in Rochester he practices with his brothers in his parents' garage; a space that has become the Diakomihalis family wrestling room.

“Wrestling at home is great, my brothers are both really good,” Diakomihalis said, “but they're young, it's a different level of physical maturity"

Diakomihalis also has support from some of his teammates in college, periodically he goes back to Cornell even though the college facilities are closed.

"We put our money together to get stuff to work out, we go on runs, find different ways to work out, definitely a team effort."

And even though the Olympics were postponed, Diakomihalis's goals are not. When asked to finish the sentence ‘One year from today I will be ____’, Diakomihalis responds with “in Tokyo, wrestling in the Olympics.”

So right now the only competition with Olympic rings happens to be on a wrestling mat in a garage in Hilton, but the work that Diakomihalis puts in here this year will prepare him for the real Olympic stage next year.


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