Athlete of the Month: Khosravy wrestles his way to the top


Elizabeth Rose

Junior Arvin Khosravy wrestles with a teammate during a warm-up at Birmingham Charter High School on Oct. 28.

Kristin Intal

Every month, we recognize two student athletes, one from a boys team and another from a girls team, for their performance on the field. This month we recognize Arvin Khosravy.

Khosravy, a junior, has been wrestling for several years under the guidance of his father, who was a wrestler. Khosravy participated in the U17 World Championships in the 71 kg weight category.

Question: When did you first find an interest in and start wrestling?

Answer: My dad introduced me to wrestling when I was about 8 or 9 years old.

Q: Is he your main inspiration?

A: Yes, you could say he is my main inspiration. He’s the reason I keep moving forward.

Q: What do you find most enjoyable about wrestling? Who or what motivates you to continue playing the sport?

A: I’d say the constant changing in the environment. How one thing could change everything because of one single mistake.

Q: What aspect of wrestling are you best at?

A: There are two styles of wrestling: Greco-Roman and freestyle. I do Greco-Roman wrestling, which specializes in upper-body throws, so you could say I specialize in throws.

Q: What aspect of wrestling do you find most challenging?

A: Cutting weight. It takes a lot of mental and physical power to prevent someone from eating and to cut so much weight in such a short period of time. It’s just incredibly difficult.

Q: How long do you plan to wrestle? What are your goals in wrestling?

A: I plan to be an Olympian, hopefully. If not, that’s fine. Just to further my educational prowess.

Q: What moment in wrestling do you find most memorable?

A: I was wrestling a Croatian kid at World’s (2022 United World Wrestling Championships). He head butted me and broke my nose. They told me in the middle of the match. They said we could either take it to the ER or we could fix it right here—and they just snapped it back into place.

Q: What event are you looking forward to this year?

A: I’d say World Team Trials. I won it last year so let’s see if we can win it this year.

Q: How would you say wrestling has changed your life?

A: It has given me more confidence. It has given me willpower. It has given me power in both physical and emotional strength. It allows me to overcome many problems and to further any endeavors that I see.

Q: Has wrestling changed your relationship with your father?

A: It’s kind of like a coach-father relationship. Sometimes he’s more like a coach and sometimes he’s more like a father, but regardless he does help me move forward in life. 

Q: Any last thoughts?

A: Wrestling is a constant motion of ups and downs, and much like life, in order to win we have to be persistent.