Chaminade’s Zeth Romney eyeing CIF State glory; Birmingham’s Katie Gomez, Luiza Noguiera tough to take down

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A CIF State title is Zeth Romney’s for the taking. The Chaminade senior is listed as the No. 1 wrestler in the 126-pound weight class, according to the latest California Wrestler rankings on Jan. 4.

Romney has won titles at the Newbury Park Invitational and the Zinkin Classic. He went 10-0 at the Camarillo 10-Way and was runner-up at the Doc Buchanan tournament.

“He loves to score, but it’s kind of analytical because he scores defensively on counter attacks,” Chaminade coach Bill Wilson said. “He’s really a prolific scorer. He’s got the whole package.”

Chaminade senior Zeth Romney is the state’s best wrestler in the 126-pound weight class. (Photo courtesy/Tony Rotundo)

As a sophomore, Cal Poly-bound Romney had a first-place individual finish at the CIF Southern Section finals at 113 pounds, then went on to finish third at the state level. His freshman year, he was third at CIF-SS finals and fifth at state in the 106-weight class.

Wilson is confident that Romney will make a run for the title at the CIF State finals, which are slated for the end of February.

“He just kind of stays in the moment and does the next tournament in front of him,” Wilson said. “So, he’ll just approach state just like another tournament for him.”

As a team, Chaminade had a 3rd-place finish at the Newbury Park Invitational and a 10-place finish at the Zinkin Classic. Both tournaments feature some of the best talent throughout the state.

Noah Elliot (138), Arvin Khosravy (152), Arian Khosravy (160), Kris Castro (170) and Primo Catalano (182) are wrestlers for the Eagles and are each ranked within the top 30 of their respective weight class.

Catalano and fellow freshman Kevin Rodriguez serve as the main components of an underclassmen group on an Eagles team that boasts all-around depth.

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“To have a freshman that good, the other freshmen are like, wow,” Wilson said. “When they’re sitting next to them, they can watch them, they can learn from them and get better faster. I would say the whole room gets better faster because of those guys.”

Chaminade is entering the most grueling portion of its schedule, with tournaments occurring every weekend leading up to CIF Southern Section competition in early February.

Congrats Chaminade wrestling’s top 10 finish at Zinkin: Zeth Romney 1st place, Noah Elliott 6th place and Primo Catalano 6th place pic.twitter.com/uxTk6XD8SS

— Chaminade Wrestling (@NADEWRESTLING) December 19, 2021

“I do think they come out of it better,” Wilson said. “It’s still tough, you have to work hard, but you can be a good sportsman and be kind and have fun scoring points.”

Birmingham girls brimming with talent

The Birmingham Charter girls wrestling team has been consistently led by Katie Gomez. She’s currently the No. 1 girls wrestler at 121 pounds in the Cal Grappler rankings. After placing third at the CIF State tournament in 2020, she won the U16 Cadet freestyle World Championship in summer 2021.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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