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Vizcaino, Hawk grapplers raise expectations for 2012-13 wrestling campaign


Vizcaino, Hawk grapplers raise expectations for 2012-13 wrestling campaign

POSTED December 13, 2012 9:48 a.m.
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Michael Manzur's sophomore season with Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team came to an abrupt end.

Manzur was disqualified after missing weigh-ins during the second day of the 2011-12 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV championships. He made a quick trip to the restroom before returning to a locked door. Michael won two of three matches the previous day.

"I didn't believe him," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. "I thought he was joking. He does a very good job of controlling his emotions. He knew he messed up. It's not going to happen again."

Manzur will be striving for redemption this year, along with Central Valley standout Adrian Vizcaino.

Michael, WAC runner-up at 106 pounds a season ago, will compete at 113s.

Vizcaino (Jr.) compiled a 34-11 record, qualified for Masters, placed fourth at Divisionals and captured the WAC 182-pound title his junior year.

"I think Adrian's got what it takes to go to state if he works hard," Beckhart said. "He doesn't quit. He's good on his feet. He's difficult to take down."

Other Hawk grapplers expected to contribute include Marcus Rodriguez (220/195) Cristian Garcia (145/138), Frankie Valdez (152), Isaiah Gonzales (113/106), Malynda Lomeli (126/120), Oscar Martinez (160/170), Eddy Nunez (170/160), Joaquin Garcia (182/170), Jorge Canales (195), Vince Martinez (126) and Gabriel Ibarra (285).

Marcus (Sr.), Cristian (Sr.), Frankie (Sr.), Isaiah (Jr.), Malynda (Sr.), Oscar (Jr.), Eddy (Jr.), Joaquin (So.) and Jorge (Sr.) are returners.

Vince (Jr.) finished second in league and qualified for Divisionals as a freshman

Gabriel (Sr.) is a newcomer.

"There's tons of talent on this team," Beckhart said.

Rodriguez, a second-team all-league defensive lineman in football, missed half of the 2011-12 wrestling campaign due to poor grades.

Marcus posted a combined record of 1-3 while competing at the Ceres Invitational and Santiago High School tournament.

"Marcus is a big, strong kid," Beckhart said. "He's going to win the majority of his matches."

Cristian qualified for Divisionals and finished fourth at the WAC finals while competing in the 138-pound class last year.

Central Valley finish fourth overall with a team score of 127 at the 2011-12 WAC championships.

Los Banos won the team title (218.5).

Ceres High (161.5) and Central Catholic (160.5) placed second and third, respectively.

Central Valley topped Livingston (102.5), Patterson (96) and Pacheco (49).

The Hawks posted a 3-3 record during the WAC dual-meet season. Los Banos and Ceres High tied for first with identical 5-1 marks. Livingston (4-2), Patterson (3-3), Central Catholic (1-5) and Pacheco (0-6) took second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Central Valley lost 38-28 to Ceres High.

Ceres High and Los Banos both qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Team Dual Championships.

The Hawks participated in 2010-11. "I expect us to be better than last year," Beckhart said. "Los Banos is the team to beat. I would love for Central Valley and Ceres High to be the powerhouses of the WAC. It's going to be very competitive when we wrestle. I anticipate it being a winner-goes-to-the-playoff-type deal."

Central Valley wrestlers are required to attend hour-long homework study sessions twice a week.

"We're trying to make sure those needs are met," Beckhart said. "Grades are important. We want all of them to be successful. They seem to appreciate it."
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