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Matt Ghaffari

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Matt Ghaffari

Team: Greco-Roman
Weight Class: 286
Team USA Ranking: No. 1
Years on Team USA: 7 (1989-96)
Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Club: Sunkist Kids
College: Cleveland State Univ.
High School: Paramus, N.J.
Born: November 11, 1961 in Tehran, Iran
Height: 6' 4"

Career Highlights
International:

  • 1996 Pan American Championships champion
  • Third in 1996 Acropolis Grand Prix (Greece)
  • 1996 Poland Open champion
  • Fourth in Vehbi Emri Tournament (Turkey)
  • Four-time World Cup champion (1991-91, 94-95)
  • Second in 1995 Karelin Cup (Russia)
  • Second in 1995 Polish Grand Prix
  • Second in 1995 Acropolis Grand Prix (Greece)
  • 1991 and 1995 Pan American Games champion
  • 1995 Sweden Grand Prix champion
  • Second in 1995 Poddubny Tournament (Russia)
  • Sixth in 1990 and 1994 World Championships
  • 1990 and 1994 Concord Cup champion
  • 1992 and 1994 Pan American Championships titlist
  • 1994 German Grand Prix champion
  • 1994 Acropolis Grand Prix champion (Greece)
  • 1992-94 Polish Grand Prix champion
  • Third in 1993 World Cup
  • 1993 Sunkist International Open champion in freestyle
  • 1993 World Championships team member
  • 1993 Peer Gynt Cup champion (Norway)
  • Second in 1991 and 1993 Concord Cup
  • Third in 1992 U.S. Olympic team member
  • 1992 Malar Cup (Sweden)
  • Second in 1992 Peer Gynt Cup (Norway)
  • Second in 1991 World Championships
  • Second in 1991 Vaanta Cup (Finland)
  • Third in 1991 Trophe Milone Tournament (Italy)
  • Fifth in 1991 Haparanda Cup (Sweden)
  • 1990-91 Granma Cup champion (Cuba)
  • Fourth in 1990 Poddubny Tournament (Soviet Union)
  • 1989-90 Pan American Championships double titlist

U.S.

  • Five-time U.S. Nationals champion (1990, 1992-94, 1996)
  • 1990-91 and 1993-95 World Team Trials champion
  • Third in 1991 U.S. Nationals
  • 1992 Olympic Wrestle-off champion
  • Second in 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival
  • Second in 1989 U.S. Nationals
  • Fourth in 1988 Olympic Team Trials in freestyle
  • Fourth in 1984 and 1988 Final Olympic Qualifier in freestyle

College:
Competed for Dick Bonacci at Cleveland State Univ. from 1981-84
Attended Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. from 1979-80
Graduated from Cleveland State Univ. in 1984 with a degree in business

High School:
Competed for Bill Savage at Paramus High School in New Jersey

Personal:
U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete
Hobbies include mountain biking, golf and Olympic lifting
Has been ranked as high as No. 2 in freestyle
He and his wife, Amy, have a daughter, Nicole
Last named pronounced guh-FAR-ee

Awards:
USOC SportsMan of the Month (March, 1994; May, 1994 and October, 1994)
1990-92 and 1994 Championship Belt Series winner
1989 Grand Championship Ring Series winner
Holds the U.S. record for the most World Cup gold medals with four

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