Coach Abedi’s amazing journey to Dana Hills High school began in Kermanshah, Iran where he was born to a family with four boys and six girls. All ten Abedi siblings were athletic, but Coach Abedi would reach gold medal status. His official wrestling career started at age ten, but Coach Abedi recalls “growing up on the mats as soon as I could crawl.”
Following the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Coach Abedi was enlisted in the Iranian Air Force and qualified to be a member of the elite Iranian Military Wrestling Team. He traveled with the team to Caracas, Venezuela in 1982 where he earned his gold medal as the Military World Champion. Disillusioned with state of post-revolutionary Iran, Reza and three other Iranian wrestlers escaped after this tournament with the help of American wrestlers. The complete story of Coach Abedi’s escape, and return to rescue his family, can be found on Amazon in the non-fiction narrative American Wings, Iranian Roots.
From Venezuela, Coach Abedi moved to Spain where he coached the National Team. He came to America in 1985 where he attended college and was an NCAA All-American as a freshman.
He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with his degree in Spanish, Health and Physical Education.
He began coaching high school wrestling in 1992 and took over the Dana Hills High School wrestling team in 1994. At that time, the team had seven wrestlers.
Coach Abedi has built the program to compete for League, CIF and State. His team, over now with over seventy wrestlers, has placed consistently in league, CIF, Masters and state competitions. He teaches Spanish at Dana Hills High School and in 2000, his colleagues nominated him to the Teacher of the Year.
He resides in Laguna Niguel with his two sons, Kian and Kamron. Kamron, a college student, is also an assistant coach for the Dana Hills wrestling program.
Coach Eric Romm
Coach Kyle Roh
This is my 8th year coaching at Dana Hills High School Wrestled for Dana 2002 -2006 (1st in league 215, 4th in CIF, Masters Qualifier) Wrestled for Santa Ana College 197 and HWT(College All American)(6th in Region, and 3rd in the State Of California) The Sport Of Wrestling to me is a Life style of HARD WORK and DEDICATION. Wrestling Requires a great deal of self dicipline and self motivation. All tho wrestling is a individual sport it also requires your Teammates and coaches to push each other. Wrestling inspired me not only to work hard in the GYM to beat my opponent but to also work outside of the gym in life striving to better myself in every aspect! The Greats Satisfaction as a coach is not to just watch you team succeed on the mat but also grow and turn in to young adults. Goals for the season have a League Champion Team and have multiple state qualifiers / placers.
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Coach Ken Workman
High School Teacher(8 yrs. Science, 11 years Physical Education, 2 years College & Career Planning).
High School : 3x USA wrestling Greco-Roman State Champion, C.I.F. Southern Section Masters Champion, C.I.F. State Wrestling Runner-up, Asics Greco-Roman National All-American, Espoir National All-American.
College: Wrestling-PAC-10 Runner-Up, Finished top 13 in NCAA Division I Nationals, University National Greco-Roman All-American, University Olympic Festival top 4 .
Coaching Experience: High School Head Coach in Wrestling( 19 years), High School Head Coach in Surfing (10 years), Assistant Wrestling Coach 1 yr., Assistant Baseball Coach 2 yrs, Assistant Surf Coach 3 yrs.
Family: In 20th year of Marriage to wife Terri. Two sons: Brian Kai(15) and
Coach Sean Thomas Barbour
Sean Barbour graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2003. He wrestled all four years under Coach Abedi. During Sean’s high school wrestling career he placed 2nd in CIF as a senior. In 2007 through 2008, Sean went on to wrestle at Santa Ana Community College. During his first year he placed 7th in State in the 157lb weight class. In the following year of 2008, Sean took 4th place in state in the 165lb weight class. Also during the 2008 school year, Sean won the All American Community College wrestling award.
Sean credits his initial interest into the wrestling program due to the fact that it was being run by Coach Abedi. They have been coaching together for the past 10 years and are currently in the process of their 11th season together.
Sean enjoys the wrestling program because it allows him to help create a more positive change in kids lives both on and off the wrestling mat. He appreciates that he can be a positive role model to the kids in the program and hopes to one day take over as Head Coach for Dana Hills High School.
All throughout high school wrestling helped to shape my decisions and kept me from ever straying too far down a bad path. To this day, 6 years after I graduated, I’m very passionate about the sport and thankful every day I was given a chance to be apart of this program. There truly is no other sport like wrestling.