PARAMUS, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Paramus’s Matt Ghaffari!
The Iranian-American amateur and professional wrestler turns 45 today.
He attended Paramus High School.
Ghaffari represented the United States in 1996 at the Summer Olympics, where he reached the final of the men’s Greco-Roman 130 kg competition, losing to Russia’s Alekandr Karelin.
Ghaffari still took home four World and Olympic medals, including a silver.
Fourteen years ago, he was taking part in a mixed martial arts bout against world judo champion Naoya Ogawa when his opponent punched him in the eye, causing his contact lens to shift and knocking him out of the competition.
Following a long career in wrestling, the popular heavyweight earned an MBA and is now the business management development director for OSPORTS, a division of Osborn Engineering. The company does architectural engineering for sports arenas..