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Dana Hills dominates in South Coast debut

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High school wrestling.

MISSION VIEJO – The Dana Hills wrestling team moved up from the Sea View League this season, armed with a senior-laden squad looking to take care of business.

Tuesday, the fourth-ranked Dolphins opened the South Coast League dual meet portion of the season with a 51-15 road victory over Capistrano Valley.

The dual started at 106.

"This group has showed that they're hard-working and they want to win," Dana Hills coach Reza Abedi said. "We have a lot of seniors and that's nice because when you have a lot of seniors on your team, they're going to be able to go out there and perform.

"The little things they know ... They know how to wrestle, technique-wise really good, but we just have to get a little tougher mentally."

This year's team has 10 seniors returning from last season's Sea View League championship team.

Dana Hills won five of the first six matches to take a 22-3 lead after Shauhin Ghomizadeh's 4-2 victory at 138 pounds.

Capistrano Valley forfeited victories at 195, 220 and 285.

The Dolphins led 33-15 after the first 11 matches of the dual.

Every victory figures to be difficult to earn in the South Coast League. Three of the five teams (Laguna Hills, San Clemente and Dana Hills) are ranked in the top four in the county.

"It is going to be a battle," Abedi said of the league race. "If our kids show up, then we're going to be fine. I didn't like the performance tonight, we did pretty good, but I think we can do better and that's what I'm going to tell them and hopefully we can keep this up."

Dana Hills started the season with a second-place finish at the Cossareck Classic on Dec. 4 and last weekend posted a 7-2 record (second place) at the Temescal Canyon duals.

"The kids have a lot of confidence," Abedi said. "They just have to get it done on the mat."

Capistrano Valley had victories at 120 (Mike Davis by decision), 145 (Jeff Mellor by pin), 160 (Mike Logan by decision) and Philip O'Shea by decision at 182.

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


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