The Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has awarded $500 scholarships to two deserving athletes who will be continuing their education in college this fall.
Jarod Kosman of Fitch in Groton has been awarded the Eric Weihenmayer Scholarship while Demetre Carnot of Maloney High in Meriden was awarded the Scholar Athlete award. Kosman was recognized with the Eric Weihenmayer Scholarship for his excellence mat and for the exceptional adversity and challenges he has overcome to succeed.
Kosman will attend Maryland while Carnot will study at Miami of Ohio. Learn more about the 2018 scholarship recipients.
For the last four years, Kosman has to strictly regulate his diet to avoid high protein foods. His body lacks an amino acid and enzyme that helps break down protein in his body. He is allowed 40 grams of protein per day. He eats no meat and no dairy. He has measure everything he consumes.
Kosman, who will attend the University of Maryland, is just the fifth wrestler in conference history to win four Eastern Connecticut Conference titles. He went undefeated his senior year (57-0) at 113 pounds, winning a second straight Class L title, a State Open championship, and a New England championship.
In March, he became the first Connecticut wrestler to win a national championship at the National High School Coaches Association’s Senior Nationals in Virginia. Kosman was named the Connecticut winner of the Dave Schultz award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The Erik Weihenmayer Scholarship is presented to honor Weihenmayer, a former wrestler at Weston High School. Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, Erik has become an accomplished mountain climber, paraglider, and skier, who has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life. In 2001, he became the first blind man to reach the summit of the world’s tallest peak – Mount Everest.
Carnot has a 4.0 average at Maloney where he won two Class L championships and finished second at the State Open this year. Carnot, who was 38-8 as a senior at 132 pounds, finished his career with 154 victories – the most in school history.
He played golf at Maloney for four years and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was the student representative from Maloney to the Meriden Board of Education. Carnot accumulated more than 274 hours of community service during his high school career to several organizations including the Thomas Hooker tutoring program, Meriden Youth Wrestling, First Tee of Connecticut golf and Hanover Elementary School.
Carnot was also recently honored by the Western Golf Association by being selected as an Evans Scholarship recipient – the nation’s largest scholarship program for golf caddies. He plans to study at Miami of Ohio.
It’s the eighth year that the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has awarded scholarships to deserving athletes. The chapter has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to students over the last eight years.