DerGarabedian Hall of Fame Bound
Jan. 3, 2012
When Mike DerGarabedian (1980-85) learned of his induction to the Downstate NY/Friends of Long Island Wrestling chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the first two calls he placed were to Steve Fraser and Mark Churella.
The purpose of the calls wasn't to brag or champion his achievement; they were to say thank you to the two men, themselves Wolverine Hall of Famers, whom DeGarabedian had tried to emulate throughout his life since their shared experience in the Michigan wrestling room.
From Fraser, a 1984 Olympic champion, he learned toughness, the principle of giving one's best and forgetting the rest, and that the solution to every problem is to simply to work harder.
From Churella, a three-time NCAA champion, he learned how to transform the attributes of wrestling -- sacrifice, selfishness and generosity -- into all facets of life. The same attributes that lead to success in the wrestling can be applied toward finding success as a father, husband, businessman and person.
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