Yianni Diakomihalis is the best high school wrestler in Section V.
The Hilton junior is a four-time state champion, and USA TODAY named him an All-American this week.
Diakomihalis now wants another chance to see what he can do on an international stage, after he returned from Bosnia-Herzegovina last summer as a United World Wrestling Cadet Freestyle champion.
The four-time Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Division I Wrestler of the Year said he plans to wrestle at the UWW Junior World Team Trials in Irving, Texas May 20-21, then the UWW Cadet World Team Trials in Akron, Ohio June 2-5. Diakomihalis, if he meets criteria at the trials, could be eligible to represent the United States at the UWW’s cadet and junior freestyle world championships.
Frankie Gissendanner, a high school state champion in his sophomore year at Penfield, will try again at the cadet freestyle world team trials, after he finished in eighth-place in his weight class in 2015. The cadet division includes wrestlers 15 to 17 years old, and this is Diakomihalis’ third year in the group. Juniors include wrestlers 17 to 20 years old, so Diakomihalis, who has verbally committed to Cornell, certainly will face college-level competition.
“I have to work on things, even if normal people can’t see the mistakes, and sharpen old moves that I know,” Diakomihalis said.
Diakomihalis planned to get to work this weekend at the Journeyman Freestyle Classic tournament at Union College in Schenectady. Hilton teammate Austin Hertel, a qualifier for the 2016 state championships, plus Louie DePrez, a state champion at Hilton, and Gissendanner also expected to go Schenectady County, Diakomihalis said.
“There are going to be foreign wrestlers there,” Diakomihalis said. “Not full teams, but I know the Russians, the Italians and Koreans are sending five to 10 guys.”