WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — A quick scan of the Super 7 in the Springfield republican usually give you a pretty good idea of who’s who among the local high school athletes.
When it comes to wrestling here in Western Mass the West Springfield Terriers is usually a good team to start with, and one of the best wrestlers on the Terrier’s roster is senior Mizam Tamarazde.
Mizam has traveled from far and near and loves his adopted hometown. He’s a citizen of the world and this weeks ABC40/Fox6 Athlete of the Week.
“Turkish, Russian, English, ” said Mizam. “They’re making me take Spanish this year so I’m learning Spanish. I know how to read Arabic too by the way.”
And in case you were counting, that’s six different languages. But the language that Mizam Tamaradze speaks the loudest is the language of friendship and dedication.
“I like to be nice in life because I’ve been raised that way,” said Mizam. “My culture, everything. To be nice to the young guy, the big guy, the small guy, everybody.”
This two-time defending WMass champion patrols the wrestling mats of Western Massachusetts like a Whirling Dervish. Pound for pound you’d be hard pressed to find anybody who works harder and wins more.
“One of the best feelings you have in life is you’re successful,” said Mizam. “Which is a good thing. I feel so good when I win and you get your hand raised. It’s a great feeling. I can’t even explain how good that feeling is.”
And Mizam’s will and desire to win come from his parents who left a comfortable life in their homeland to pursue the American Dream.
“My parents came to the United State just because of us, me and my little brothers. I want to be a doctor in life and this is a perfect opportunity to work hard. Hard work in the United States and you get everything. Where I’m from, no. United States look at everybody the same. They don;t say you’re Turkish, or you’re Russian you’re different. They look at you and me the same way they look at every other kid.”
And one place Mizam found that collection of different races, colors, and creeds was on the football field. For the first time in his life he put on a football uniform, and earlier this week was named an All-Western Mass kicker for the Westside football team.
“Football, I still don’t know more than half the things that they do in the game. I’m brand new, I don’t know what some of the rules are. I just ask some of my teammates. But kicking experience was a whole other feeling. Like great feeling that you can have in life.”
For Mizam Tamarazde, it is indeed a wonderful life. He’s this weeks ABC40/Fox6 Athlete of the Week.