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Wrestling workouts continue beyond school

Chris Brienza, Jimmy Morris and Grant Greene are three of many current Long Island grapplers who supplement their school training with workouts at Vougar Oroudjov's wrestling club in Syosset.

Oroudjov, a two-time freestyle world champion and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist for the Soviet Union, is the father of two-time defending state champion Nick Arujau of Syosset.

"It's all about wrestling tough and your mentality," Greene said of Oroudjov's teachings. "He preaches that, when you're around good wrestlers, it reflects on you."

Arujau and Greene have been close friends since Greene was in fifth grade and Arujau was in sixth. The Oroudjov family even received a candle at Greene's bar mitzvah.

"You can't find too many kids who have a love for the sport like him," Oroudjov said of Greene. "He's into wrestling. You can't find too many kids, or too many rich kids from Cold Spring Harbor, who are that into it."

Brienza and Arujau are likely to be roommates as well as teammates this fall at American University.

"Grant is a state champion, but the other guys are close," Oroudjov said. "The [St. Anthony's] boys are very respectful. Hopefully, they win three state titles."

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