This week’s Athlete of the Week is Michael Selearis. Selearis, of Elmhurst New York, was recently named the 2008 New York State Arm Wrestler of the Year.
Michael Selearis, 33, is no ordinary arm-wrestler. Called ‘the Michael Jordan of Arm Wrestling,” He is one of the world’s greatest practitioners of a pastime that has become an increasingly recognized part of the sporting world. He’s won twenty-one national titles and three world titles during his seventeen-year career. And he’s dedicated to passing on his knowledge to the high-school students who participate in his arm-wrestling tutorials. In fact, it was in Queens Gateway to Health Sciences, the high school where Selearis used to teach chemistry that Selearis used to run after-school arm wrestling clubs. One of the members of that club, Mirline Berrouet, caught his eye. “I saw that she had talent right off the bat,” said Selearis, who has since left Queens Gateway School. “I showed her a technique and she picked up right away.”
Berrouet, now a student a Queens College, learned from the master, and just last week won first place in the women’s open at the 31st Annual White Castle Empire State Golden Arm Tournament of Champions.
It just goes to show, in chemistry, arm wrestling, and teaching, Michael Selearis is on another level.