Memorial Day: Remembering Navy SEAL and Former Wrestler Jonathan Kaloust

On Memorial Day, we remember many members of the United States Armed Forces, including Massapequa and Binghamton wrestler Jonathan Kaloust. For more on Kaloust, see the release below courtesy of


VESTAL, N.Y.—Former Binghamton wrestler and 2010 graduate Jonathan Kaloust was killed [earlier this month] in a Navy training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

Kaloust, 23, of Massapequa, was a Navy SEAL and Special Warfare Operator Third Class who was based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Fort Story, Va.

He is survived by his parents, Gary and Irene Kaloust, and a sister, Melanie.

Kaloust wrestled at the University from 2007-10 before earning his degree in political science. He was an all-star scholastic athlete at Massapequa High on Long Island and won 10 career matches as a walk-on at Binghamton. He was a dedicated team member and valuable training partner in the practice room.

He joined the Navy in March 2011.

Kaloust’s high school wrestling coach, Al Bevilacqua, told that Kaloust “was a born leader, he was always someone others wanted to be like. Jon’s just one of the exceptional kids.”


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