Hoover could clean up at Masters

first_imgHoover already has won the CIF-SS Eastern Division title, the prestigious Five-Counties title, along with the Colton, Dick Comly Invitational (Victor Valley) and North Torrance Tournament of Champions titles. Last year Hoover shined at Masters, then went to state and lost his first match. He then won three consecutive matches before losing to the No. 1 seed, who also previously lost. Hoover finished two wins short of placing. That was unacceptable to him, and he is not looking to duplicate that agonizing experience. Despite last year’s painful effort, he is confident. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound pin machine is so dedicated to wrestling that he hasn’t played football since his freshman year, despite the urgings of Scorpion coaches. “I’m confident,” Hoover said. “I think I have a mental edge over a lot of the guys at Masters because I’ve beaten a lot of them.” Added Scorpions coach Dave Stidham, a former Pacific High School wrestler: “Ryan is just a beast on the mat and I have the separated shoulder, broken finger and black eyes to prove it from wrestling with him.” Hoover, who has a 3.7 grade point average, is being pursued by many schools, but said he is most interested in Oregon State. The preliminary rounds will begin this morning, with the finals scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. The top eight in each weight class advance to the state meet next week in Bakersfield. Besides Hoover, there are many other wrestlers to look for today and tomorrow. At 103 pounds, Huntington Beach Marina’s Victoria Anthony will wrestle. Carter athletic director Joe Paluba said Anthony is believed to be the first girl to ever wrestle in a Masters Meet. Also wrestling at 103 pounds is Arroyo Valley’s Javier Palacios. Among the other area wrestlers to watch are Ryan Eagleson (Rancho Cucamonga) and Jose Briseno (Arroyo Valley) at 130 pounds; Jesse Moreno (Cajon) at 135; Cody Bollinger (Sultana) at 140; Isaac Whisner (Rim of the World) and Jarrod Brooksher (Sultana) at 145; Vinny Maraj (Yucca Valley) at 152; Eli McWatters (Sultana) at 160; Greg Fehrs (Claremont) at 171; Justin Correa (Hesperia) at 189; Zach Sweeney (Sultana), Marcus Johnson (Diamond Bar) and Danny Reyes (Hesperia) at 215 and Marcus Austin (Etiwanda) at 285. This is the first time Carter has hosted the event after about a quarter-century at Fountain Valley High School. Carter athletic director and co-meet director Joe Paluba said he expects a total of 3,000 fans to attend the two-day event. There will be a total of eight mats in use today, with six of them borrowed from Upland High School. Six separate food vendors will be operating to feed the horde of fans and wrestlers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The difficult road to the CIF-State Meet continues today for Hesperia’s Ryan Hoover and hundreds of other Southern Section wrestlers. Hoover will try to defend his heavyweight title at the CIF-Masters Meet being held today and Saturday at Carter High School. center_img And, excuse the pun, for Hoover no less than cleaning up will do when it comes to Masters and State competition. “I have a lot to prove,” said Hoover, who is 48-0, ranked first in the state and 12th in the nation. “Anything less than a state championship will be a disappointment this year.” last_img read more