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Another successful wrestling season
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The Ceres Hawks youth wrestling club held its year-end banquet on Thursday, May 15 at Smyrna Park.

Keegan Overbey, Anthony Spinella, Christian Moore, Shawn Amirfar, Gabriel Balderas, Andrew Williams, Patrick Garcia, Ryan Hendrix, Noah Huffman and Bill Kearney received special recognition.

"They did really well," head coach Oscar Peral said.

Overbey, a sophomore at Ceres High School, claimed the club's Most Valuable Player award.

The 130-pounder finished first at six tournaments in the cadet division.

He brought home titles from Buhach Colony, Golden Valley, Beyer, McNair, Ripon and Livingston.

"Keegan did awesome," Peral said.

Fellow Bulldog sophomores Spinella, Moore and Amirfar placed several times.

Anthony, a 152-pounder, took first at Turlock, second at Golden Valley, and third at Buhach Colony and Beyer while competing in the junior division.

Christian, a 171-pounder, took second at Golden Valley, third at Beyer and sixth at Buhach Colony in the cadet division.

Amirfar, a 140-pounder, took fourth at Turlock and fifth at Beyer in the junior division.

Gabriel, Andrew, Patrick and Ryan earned MVP honors for their performance in their respective classes.

Balderas, a 77-pounder, placed first at McNair, Beyer and Livingston, second at Golden Valley and fourth at Turlock in the junior-high division.

Williams, a 70-pounder, placed first at Beyer and Buhach Colony, second at McNair, Livingston and Golden Valley, and third at Turlock in the novice division (10&under).

Garcia, a 55-pounder, placed first at Golden Valley, second at Turlock, and third at Buhach Colony, Livingston and Beyer in the bantam division (7&under).

Hendrix, a 60-pounder, placed third at Livingston and McNair, fourth at Beyer and fifth at Golden Valley in the midget division (8&under).

Huffman, a 65-pound bantam-division grappler, won the Most Improved award.

He placed second in Turlock and Golden Valley, and third at Buhach Colony, Livingston, Beyer and McNair.

Kearney, a 55-pounder, shined in the rookies division (5&under).

The Ceres Hawks wrestling club served 50 members, aged 5 to 17, this season.

Practices were held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Central Valley High School. Each session lasted 90 minutes.

"It was a lot more work but we had a lot more coaches help out this year," Peral said.

Oscar's been affiliated with the non-profit organization since 2005.

A varsity standout for four years, the 1990 Ceres High graduate placed fifth in the section, first at sub-sections and second in league at 132 pounds as a senior.