Hoover wrestling sends two to second day

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February 15, 2013|From Staff Reports


Hoover in CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Championships: Both Arthur Ghukasyan and Gio Martinez advanced to the second day of the elite tournament Friday at Oak Hills High.

“They both wrestled really well. ... It’s a first step,” Hoover Coach Mark Bitetti said. “They’ve got to win two tomorrow to be in medal contention, so they can’t really lose their first match tomorrow.”


Ghukasyan, a 145-pounder, came out strong in his first two matches. He started with a pin of Palmdale’s Jose Molina 1:15 into the match and followed it up with an impressive 6-1 decision victory over Silverado’s Joseph Romero.

The junior put up a good fight, but was pinned by the class’ top seed, Steele Escobedo of Fountain Valley, 21 seconds into the third period. He’ll next wrestle Rialto’s Javier DeLaCruz Saturday morning.

“He is very capable,” Bitetti said of Ghukasyan. “He’s definitely our most talented kid. He has had a ton of judo background, so it’s not like wrestling is a new thing. He’s used to going out there and competing.”

Martinez (220) had a bit of a rough start Friday, getting pinned by Serrano’s J Mendoza 1:10 into the bout. Faced with a win-or-go-home scenario, the senior won his next two matches with pins of Don Lugo’s Randy Chavez and Quartz Hill’s Palmer Dakota.

The Rio Hondo League champion will next wrestle Antelope Valley’s Daniel Newman Saturday morning.

Sebastian Ghauliance (160) just lost his first match to Granite Hill’s Justin Incremona, 2-1, and was eliminated after having to withdraw from his next match and the competition with an injury.


El Rancho 6, Glendale 0: The visiting Nitros (7-11-1) held top-seeded El Rancho scoreless in the first half of their CIF Southern Section Division III first-round match Friday before El Rancho broke it open with a huge second half.

“We hung in there with them for the first half, but they just have a lot of good players,” Glendale first-year Coach Artur Aghasyan said. “We got here to the playoffs and won a playoff game with everybody working hard, and now we want to get ready for next year.”

Lynwood 6, Flintridge Prep 0: Flintridge Prep (8-9-4) fell Friday in a CIF Southern Section Division VI first-round road match. Lynwood built a 4-0 halftime advantage.

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