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LAKE BALBOA — Birmingham Charter boys wrestling coach Jim Medeiros calls himself “obsessive.” He makes a list for almost everything wrestling-related.
He writes down up to 10 different lineups to figure out scoring scenarios for dual meets and he plans out practices right down to the minute – sometimes months in advance.
“I’m just constantly thinking about wrestling,” Medeiros said. “I’m obsessive compulsive when it comes to wrestling and getting the kids better.”
Medeiros’ habits have paid off for the Patriots. The boys team won its sixth consecutive City Section team title, beating Banning 73-12 at Birmingham High School Tuesday night.
The Patriots won all of their matches but two for the win, and one of the losses came via forfeit by injury in the final heavyweight event of the evening.
“That just shows we’ve been putting all the work in at practice,” senior Noah Elliot said. “All of us. Not just one of us, not just two of us.”
Birmingham boys wrestling wins its sixth consecutive City Section team title, beating Banning 73-12.
They also received their team state championship rings from last season tonight. pic.twitter.com/OqDbYU5n02
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Elliot won his bout at 160 pounds by pin with 27 seconds left in the first period after racing to an 11-4 advantage. He scored on a takedown almost immediately after the starting whistle.
Elliot and Arvin Khosravy (170) are two transfers from Chaminade who bring experience and skill to Birmingham. The former is the No. 16-ranked wrestler in the 152 weight class, according to the California Wrestler, and Arvin Khosravy is No. 17 in the 160 weight class.
“I came here wanting to win it,” Elliot said. “Pushing everyone on my team to do their best. Arvin is another reason I came here; he’s a stud.”
Khosravy, got out to a 5-0 start in his match and led 11-4 on a takedown just before the end of the first period. He pinned his opponent 15 seconds into the second period with his teammates chanting behind him.
“Every match he’s in, the kids are going crazy,” Medeiros said. “He’s kind of a performer, a character.”
Henry Aslikyan (106), Arko Vardanyan (120), Giancarlo Plaza (126), Draven Lukata (138), Ethan Grubach (152), Fern Campos (182) and Cuevas (195) each got a pin in the first period of their respective matches.
Birmingham had gotten out to a 66-0 start as a team before Banning won a match at 220 pounds by pin.
“At this point, we’re just trying to wrestle this match, move on and get to the next step,” Medeiros said. “We’ve wrestled a lot this year. We’re ready.”
GIRLS GO BACK-TO-BACK
Birmingham’s girls wrestling team beat Eagle Rock 60-19 to win its second straight City Section title on Thursday night. Six wrestlers won by pin in the dual meet, which took place just before the boys championships.
The girls team lost valuable wrestlers to graduation. Katie Gomez steadily held a No. 1 spot in the California Wrestler rankings last season and Luiza Nogueira came in fourth at the CIF State individual championships last year. The Patriots rebuilt quickly.
“We knew it’d be tough,” sophomore Avy Perez said. “Everybody was locked in, taking practice seriously. Everyone stopped playing around and got their stuff straight.”