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Dec 18th

RJ "The Beast" Chakolis

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rj the-beast chakolisOver the last two seasons Richard "RJ" Chakolis, Jr. has been amazing.

His wrestling record is 100-1 in Folkstyle Wrestling. He has won back-to-back city championships for Farview Park. He is a two time state champion, winning his weight class last weekend in Rochester. He pinned all of his opponents.

Due to his wrestling success, Chakolis, Jr. now has the option to attend the Cliff Keen National Wrestling Tournament in Iowa on the Northern Iowa University campus.

This year Chakolis, Jr.'s football team won the 5th grade AUU state championship played at the Metrodome. He started as a 4th grader (he is the only 4th grader on the team) and played both offense and defense in several games. This year his team played teams from Canada, Big Lake, Iowa, St. Francis, Woodbury, Andover, Blaine, and more. Two years ago, Chakolis, Jr. was nominated by his baseball team to represent them in the all-star game. Last year he played up for the Robbinsdale Little League and had a very good season being one of the youngest players on the team. Chakolis, Jr. lives in North Minneapolis and wrestles for Farview Park, he plays football for the Brooklyn Center Giants, and played baseball for the Robbinsdale Mets. He has been nominated for Sports Illustrated Kid magazine.

This is a great story.

Being that Chakolis, Jr. (or as we call him, RJ) is my son and I did the same thing in wrestling by winning the state championship and placing in nationals; although I lost more matches than he did. His grandfather worked for North Community High School for 25 years teaching and coaching wrestling. He was my coach, and I am RJ's coach for wrestling.

The legacy continues.

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