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Nick Vafiadis – Navy

The Who
Nick Vafiadis

New Kent, VA


The Rundown
2x State Champ @ 152, 132

3rd NHSCA Fr. @ 138

Finalist Fargo U16 FS @ 138

#40 So.

The Commit

“I chose the Naval Academy because I believe it’s the best place for me. Ever since I was little, I’ve always admired the academies. My Uncle went to the USNA.

I’ve been on the campus multiple times, and it’s something I always knew I wanted to take part in. It offers the best education you can ask for, and it sets you up for life.

Plus, with their new staff, what’s not to love?”

“I told myself when I started high school that if the academies ever started to recruit me, I would make that my priority. As soon as my recruiting opened, I created a good relationship with the Naval Academy staff, and I knew that I’d commit eventually.

I didn’t really like the politics of recruiting. Although I met some really cool coaches, I knew I was going to go to the Naval Academy. I felt it was wrong to hold a spot from kids that wanted to go to the other schools recruiting me.”

The Service
“All my life, I’ve wanted to help people. I believe that serving is one of the most honorable things I could do. It’s in my family’s roots.

My Great Papou and my Papou both served in the Greek Navy. Two of my uncles served in the US Navy, and my father served in the Army. Also, my other grandfather, on my mother’s side, served in the US Air Force.”

“Right now, my dream job would be to go into one of the special operation units within the Navy or the Marine Core.”

The Others
Army, Bucknell, Campbell, Lehigh, North Carolina State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Virginia, Virginia Military, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin

The Division
“I am competitive in spirit. I want to be the best at everything I do. To be the best, you have to compete against the best, train with the best, and be surrounded by the best. And the D1 scene is where all of those things come together.”

The Keys
“I was looking for a place where I felt all my needs would be met. The Naval Academy has the #1 Public School Education in the United States.

The leadership qualities of the people that graduate from the academies are incredible.

After college, I want to make a difference in the world.

[Head] Coach [Cary] Kolat is one of the all-time greats of USA wrestling. And I believe his style matches up very well with mine. I remember as a little kid, watching [Assistant] Coach [Mike] Evans, and I thought he was the coolest dude, because of his mustache. And I’ve also started to create a good relationship with [Assistant] Coach Blaize [Cabell]. I have no doubt these guys will develop me into a D1 National Champ.”

“He’d [Coach Evans] still be cool, but it [mustache] definitely adds to his legend.”

The Fit
“Someone who wants to serve their country while getting the best education.

A determined, hardworking individual that loves the grind.”

“I’ve always wanted to be the guy people line up to watch. I like to throw up points. My goal is to score, score, score. I just like putting on a show and keeping the fans entertained.”

“I don’t know where I’ll be; I’m still growing, hopefully… But I see myself as probably either a 157 or 165.

I want to do NAPS [Naval Academy Preparatory School] to give me an extra year to mature and get adjusted to academy life.”

The Now
“[Work on] Study Habits, definitely. Getting stronger physically and mentally and just embracing the sport and trying to learn as much as possible.”

“I’m training to win everything I go to. That’s all I’ve ever done. I want to dominate and make a name for myself.”

The Future
“Be a multiple-time D1 Champ.

For the team to become a powerhouse, I want to help make Navy wrestling great!”

“Be proud of myself. It’s hard to look back and not have regrets, so I want to leave everything out there every time I wrestle.”

The Message
“You aren’t going to find a college that has the connections, benefits, and people anywhere else but the Naval Academy.”

The Fun Fact
Zach Espalin, who is also committed to Navy, and I have been saying we would go to the same college one day and looks like we weren’t wrong.”

“Growing up and wrestling in Virginia. We’ve wrestled on the national teams.”

“We said it as a joke at first, but it’s crazy because it’s going to happen.”

The Midshipmen
D1 School located in Annapolis, MD.

Had 5 National Qualifiers for 2020 National Tournament.

Class of 2022
Nick Vafiadis – New Kent, VA

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