Hooman Tavakolian

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Hooman Tavakolian
Native nameهومن توکلیان
BornMohammad Ali Tavakolian
(1976-09-17) September 17, 1976 (age 42)
Tehran, Iran
EducationMaster of Studies in Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Master of Business Administration from Long Island University
Occupationformer wrestler, wrestling coach, sports diplomat and Chief Compliance Officer
Years active1986-present
Known forbeing nominated for “Diplomatic Action of the Year” award
Notable workHis Diplomatic efforts through the 2017 Wrestling World Cup

Hooman Tavakolian (born as Mohammad Ali Tavakolian) is an Iranian-American former wrestler, wrestling coach, sports diplomat and a member of United World Wrestling.[1] Tavakolian has been nominated for the “Diplomatic Action of the Year” award for his efforts to bring together the Islamic Republic of Iran Wrestling Federation and the USA Wrestling Federation through the 2017 Wrestling World Cup according to the Peace and Sport Federation.[2] he was the leader of USA Wrestling team in this Wrestling world cup.He is a 2017 National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum inductee.[3][4][5] he also is Chief Compliance Officer at Cyrus Capital Partners and Vice President of the New York Athletic Club Wrestling Club.[6]

Early life[edit]

Hooman Tavakolian was born September 17, 1976 in Tehran, Iran. At the age of nine, Tavakolian, his parents and younger brother immigrated to Long Island, N.Y. during the height of the Iran-Iraq war. It was around this time Tavakolian started his wrestling career.[7]


Tavakolian started his wrestling career on 1986. he wrestled at the NCAA Division 1 level for Long Island's Hofstra University, and later, New York City's Hunter College. At Hunter, he wrestled in three weight classes (from 157 to 174 lbs.). In his senior year, he became team captain under coach Bob Gaudenzi. Following graduation from Hunter College in 1999 with a degree in Psychology, he retired from competitive wrestling. Tavakolian still found time to serve as Hunter's Assistant Coach for two seasons. [8]

Charity Works[edit]

In 2011, he founded the “Become Your Own Dream” scholarship with wife Lorelei Martin and former Hunter College wrestler and mentor, Jon Tush. Each year the New York City scholarship provides $2500.00 to a local graduating high school senior, who plans to wrestle in college. Tavakolian decided to partner his fund with the long-standing youth development program, Beat the Streets (BTS) New York City, in 2012. He also has purchased mats and sport facilities for iranian people in wrestling.[9]


  1. ^ "USA Wrestling leader Hooman Tavakolian nominated for prestigious World Peace and Sport Award".
  2. ^ "Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian: Wrestling Diplomacy".
  3. ^ "Wrestling diplomat Hooman Tavakolian nominated for sport and peace award".
  4. ^ "Tavakolian To Be Inducted Into Wrestling Hall Of Fame".
  5. ^ "هومن توکلیان، رابط کشتی ایران و آمریکا به تالار مشاهیر کشتی فدراسیون آمریکا راه یافت".
  6. ^ "Hooman "Mo" Tavakolian".
  7. ^ "50 Iranian-Americans You Should Know: Hooman "Mo" Tavakolian".
  8. ^ "گفتگو با هومن توکلیان سرپرست تیم ملی کشتی آمریکا".
  9. ^ هومن توکلیان پرچمدار فرهنگ کشتی ایرانی در آمریکا

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