It's Sam Speer with the Journal again. I recently had the pleasure to speak to wrestler Dylan Kalogris, recent 2010 Arlington grad, about his selection to the Empire State Games.
Kalogris has only been wrestling for roughly five years, but one thing that I came away from the interview, is how dedicated he is, not just as an athlete but also as a person. He works on a farm, which definitely contributes to how is overall work ethic. He also is active in his church, has a love for music and eventually wants to pursue a career in broadcasting. Talk about a well-rounded individual. Now considering Kalogris has never done Greco-Roman wrestling before, which you can only use upper body techniques, it is astonishing that he has been selected for the Games. He did say it was "hectic" because of the Greco-Roman learning process, which was new to him, but I feel overall it will help his skills as a wrestler.
In the fall, for his freshmen year, he will be attending Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Messiah College is a small Division III school, and has one of the top Division III wrestling programs in the country. I wish Kalogris the best of luck both at the ESGs and at Messiah next semester. I also hope the Greco-Roman wrestling skills and experience he gets from the ESGs will
prepare him for wrestling at the college level.
To read the profile on Kalogris, click here.
Sam Speer, a Journal sports intern, is a senior journalism major at SUNY New Paltz. He hails from Nyack.