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Reversal of fortune for Westminster's Allen
ORANGE – The expression on Brian Allen's face told a painful story for Westminster's junior 195-pound wrestler after his third-round match.
But as the saying goes "No pain, no gain."
Allen, who suffered a right shoulder injury during the match, was able to shake it off for his quarterfinals match of the Mann Classic on Friday at Santiago Canyon College and booked himself a spot in today's semifinals.
Wrestling resumes today at 10 a.m.
"I don't know what's going on with him, but we keep saying, maybe the light bulb finally came on for him," Westminster coach Mike Provenzano said. "It is cool to see that. When a kid actually starts to figure out how to win ... it is pretty neat."
Allen isn't a newcomer to the sport. He's been wrestling since the sixth grade, but now he's finally seeing the payoff.
"The coaching staff has opened my eyes to different ways to wrestle," Allen said. "I've changed my style over the years, and I've been getting better.
"I'm taking the sport a lot more seriously now. Everything I do is for wrestling ... to help make me better in the sport."
Success has been commonplace for Allen this season. He was seventh at the season-opening Cossarek Classic, followed by a third-place at the Edison Beach Bash and a first-place finish at last week's Western Pioneers Invitational.
"He was in our feeder program for a couple of months as an eighth grader," Provenzano said of Allen. "He really wasn't getting it until this year. Just recently, he's figured out how to ride and pin."
Both of Allen's matches Friday went the distance, a 4-1 victory over Triston Martinez of Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates in the third round and a 6-3 victory over Java Maglasang of North Torrance in the quarterfinals.
Allen also credited the work he gets in the wrestling room with teammates Ivan Campos (220) and Alejandro Ruelas (285). Both, along with Minh Nguyen (106), also advanced to the today's semifinals.
"They're a lot stronger than the opponents that I wrestle," Allen said. "
Laguna Hills had the first-day lead with 151.5points. The Hawks qualified eight for the semifinals. Servite is second.