Arujau named InterMat High School Wrestler of the Year
April 12, 2017
Wrestler of the Year: Vitali Arujau (Syosset, N.Y.), 138 pounds
After delaying his collegiate matriculation one year for freestyle training, this four-time state champion will be headed to Cornell, where he is projected to compete at 141 pounds. In five years of high school wrestling, Arujau went 216-1, the lone loss coming via a 3-2 defeat in the tiebreakers against Yianni Diakomihalis during their eighth grade seasons. The approximately 170 bouts subsequent to that state finals defeat went without a loss for Arujau. His resume in the 2016-17 wrestling year includes a UWW Cadet National freestyle title at 58 kilograms, Cadet World silver medal in that same weight class, Super 32 Challenge title at 132 pounds, and an undefeated state championship season at 138.