Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 27, 2012

Solimini a leader on, off the mat for wrestling team

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After cracking the lineup at times as a sophomore, Solimini earned a permanent spot in the Golden Warriors’ lineup last winter at 152 pounds. Highlights included a victory by pin in 1:17 against Everett, another quick pin against Billerica, a tough pin in 3:28 vs. Chelsmford and two victories at sectionals.

This offseason, Solimini took his training to another level, when he began working out with the elite wrestling club “Smitty’s Wrestling Barn” in Danville, N.H. The club frequently produces state champs from New England powerhouses including Timberlane (N.H.).

“I gained a lot of strength, and the Barn really helped that,” he said. “There are so many kicks there. There are state champions in every weight class, so even doing drills with those guys is really intimidating.”

But he says the most intimidating wrestler he has ever faced is his coach.

“Coach Sobhan is the best I have ever gone against,” he said. “He is amazing.”

Namvar shares a great deal of respect for his pupil.

“When the spotlight is on him he does all of the right things,” said the coach. “He has a real character and work ethic you want people to follow, and he continues to work to become a better wrestler. He should have a very good year.”

Solimini plans to do everything he can to end his high school career with a bang.

“Practice can be so hard,” he said. “But when you get through it and you have done it with your team, it all feels like it’s worth

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