When the Hoover High wrestling program begins its second season next winter, Coach Mark Bitetti looks forward to counting on having the equipment and space to practice, a likely new home in an established league and some tournament experience in tow. Most importantly, Bitetti now knows he has some kids who can really wrestle after taking to the sport in the first year it’s existed at Hoover.
“The year was kind of about like expected,” said Bitetti, a teacher and freshman football coach at Hoover. “We were young, it was our first year getting our feet wet and we had a couple of kids do pretty darn well this year. We’re going to be OK because most of the kids are coming back. ...I think next year we’ll do better.”
With no other wrestling programs in the Pacific League, where all of the Tornadoes’ other sports teams reside, Hoover was mostly limited to tournaments when it came to live competition, although the Tornadoes did engage in one dual meet with South Pasadena on Jan. 12.