A Closer Look at the Los Angeles City Section (since 1973)

Birmingham’s Jonovan Smith is the first LA City wrestler to win a National title (2019)

2x CIF STATE MEDALIST (Since 1973): 3

Jonovan Smith – Birmingham (8, 2) 2018 – ’19

Johnny  Prada – San Fernando (1, 5) 2013 – ’14

Ali Naser – El Camino Real (7, 4) 2011, ‘13

Johnny Prada (San Fernando) CIF State Champion ’13

STATE MEDALIST (Since 1973): 19

154 – Tony Cooper – Gardena, 6th ‘78
105 – Ben Zuniga – Franklin, 6th ‘81
98 – Jonas Robledo – San Fernando, 6th ‘86
112 – Greg McMurray – El Camino Real, 5th ‘89
135 – Jose Barahona – Canoga Park, 8th ‘95
171 – Willy German – San Fernando, 7th ‘01
130 – Vlad Kochiev – Birmingham, 8th ’03
160 – Raphael Reynolds – San Fernando, 4th ‘05
125/132 – Ali Naser – El Camino Real, 7th ’11/4th ’13 (2x)
135 – Miguel Gallegos – San Fernando, 5th ‘11
113 – Sergio Mendez – San Fernando, 5th ‘13
126 – Johnny Prada – San Fernando, CIF State Champ ‘13/5th ’14 (2x)
182 – Sohrab Movahedi – Granada Hills, 3rd ‘13
220 – Daniel Pena – Birmingham, 8th ‘14
170/195 – Jonovan Smith – Birmingham, 8th ’18/2nd ’19 (2x)
195 – Hamzah Al-Saudi – Palisades, 5th ‘18

STATE MEDALS BY SCHOOL

San Fernando – 7 (6th, 7th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 1st, 5th)

Birmingham – 4 (8th, 8th, 8th, 2nd)

El Camino Real – 3 (5th, 7th, 4th)

Gardena – 1 (6th)

Franklin – 1 (6th)

Canoga Park – 1 (8th)

Granada Hills – 1 (3)

Palisades – 1 (5th)

Ali Naser (El Camino Real)

CADET/JUNIOR ALL-AMERICANS – Fargo (Since 1972): 4

Jonovan Smith – Birmingham HS (7th Cadet GR ‘18/1st Jr FS, 5th Jr GR ’19) 3x

Davit Stepanyan – Birmingham HS (6th Cadet GR ’15)

Ali Naser – El Camino Real HS (3rd Cadet GR – AA ’11/5th Jr FS ’13) 2x

Gevork Atimizyan – Birmingham HS (7th Jr GR – AA ’04)

Vlad Kochiev – Birmingham HS  (2nd Jr GR – AA ‘03)

Sohrab Movahedi (Granada Hills)

USAW FOLKSTYLE ALL-AMERICANS (Since 2012): 6

182 – Jonovan Smith (Birmingham HS): 2nd Place ’19

132 – Evan Azurdia (San Fernando HS): 6th Place ‘18

120 – Abbas Khan (El Camino Real HS): 8th Place ‘14

220 – Daniel Pena (Birmingham HS): 8th Place ‘14

132 – Ali Naser (El Camino Real HS): 3rd Place ‘13

182 – Sohrab Movahedi (Granada Hills HS): 2nd Place ‘13

Serge Mezheritsky (Birmingham)

NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICANS

150 – Serge Mezheritsky (Fresno State/Birmingham HS): 6th Place ‘93

Ricky Aguirre (San Fernando)

NAIA ALL-AMERICANS

125 – Ricky Aguirre (Menlo/San Fernando HS): 6th Place ’03, 6th Place ‘04

JUCO NATIONALS ALL-AMERICANS

141 – Joseph Michel (Southwestern Oregon/San Fernando HS): 8th Place ‘07

NCWA “Club Programs” ALL-AMERICANS

141 – Miguel Gallegos (Cal Baptist/San Fernando HS) 8th Place ‘13