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New York, N.Y. – Former Hunter College wrestler and assistant coach Hooman "Mo" Tavakolian was recently honored by USA Wrestling with a world champion ring for his efforts with the program over the past decade. After spending two seasons as a Hawk and gaining All-Conference and All-State status, Tavakolian returned to Hunter as an assistant coach from 2001-2003 under legendary head coach Bob Gaudenzi. He continued to pursue a career in the wrestling world, going on to be the Vice President of the New York Athletic Club. Tavakolian's primary responsibilities for USA wrestling have been as a U.S. Delegate for the Iranian National Wrestling team. He has served as the liaison for the Islamic Republic of Iran during Junior and Senior world championships, while also working as an interpreter for the American teams that have competed in Iran. This past April, the USA wrestling team won their first wrestling world cup in 15 years, bestowing Tavakolian with the distinction of a championship ring. "This was a huge honor for me," said Tavakolian. "Being a part of the USA wrestling family and sharing in their celebration is priceless. I am humbled by it and looking forward to continuing my contributions. "I am very thankful to USA wrestling for including me in their journey and putting their trust in me." In May of 2017, Tavakolian was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Downstate New York Chapter for his efforts with wrestling in the New York City area.

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