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Hoover High wrestling pins down second victory

Wrestling: Tornadoes take advantage of inexperienced Brentwood squad in 58-6 win at home.

December 11, 2013|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Glendale News-Press

GLENDALE — Three years ago, the Hoover High wrestling program resembled Brentwood, the Tornadoes’ opponent in Wednesday’s nonleague match.

The Tornadoes were young and inexperienced on the mat and learned techniques through grueling matches, some losses, and hours of practice.

Three years later, the Tornadoes have become an experienced squad that has taken advantage of teams like Brentwood, which recently restarted its wrestling program and featured athletes competing in their first-ever match Wednesday.

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Hoover used six wins via pin, three forfeits and an impressive performance by Davis Pogosian in the first match to notch a 58-6 victory at home and improve to 2-0 on the season. The only points the Tornadoes allowed was when they forfeited a match in the 126-pound division.

“We’re getting better,” said Tornadoes Coach Dave Beard, who is in his first year at the helm after taking over for Mark Bitetti. “We’re getting there. It’s about getting the mat time and getting better.

“We’re going in the right direction. We’re wrestling against similar teams and beating them pretty convincingly.”

Pogosian had a pretty convincing win at the outset.

Wrestling in the 132-pound division, the junior, in his second year in the program, controlled the pace of the match against Austin Jones en route to notching a 13-2 major decision.

“I was pretty confident,” Pogosian said. “I felt like I trained harder than [Jones]. You train hard, you win hard.”

Pogosian then stood behind the team bench and watched his teammates’ dominance.

Narek Zamanyan, a sophomore competing in his second match at Hoover, took advantage of his judo training from Armenia and pinned Marko Tripani at the 1:29 mark of the second period.

“We’re excited to have a program, but we have a lot of things to work on,” Brentwood Coach Jonathan Patton said. “It is all of my players’ first year.”

Sophomore twin brothers Jessie and Geraldy Martinez — the younger siblings of 2013 Hoover graduate Gio Martinez, who captured a Rio Hondo League title last year — took their turn against Brentwood following Pogosian’s win.

Jessie Martinez’s speed and strength were too much for Jake Mindel, as Martinez pinned his foe in the third period of the 152-weight class.

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