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Bulldogs advance to semifinals of section
Oakdale did its part.

Ceres High failed in its bid to set up an all-Valley Oak League match-up in the finals of the Sac-Joaquin Division IV Section Wrestling Team Dual Tournament.

The Bulldogs had to settle for a top-four finish after losing 46-28 to Placer on Saturday at Rosemont High School. Oakdale defeated Placer 56-15 for the championship.

"If we would have made it to the finals, that's something that would be in the record books forever," Ceres High head coach Jon Nowicki said. "That was one of our goals. We fell a little short. I'm still proud of the kids and what they accomplished."

The Bulldogs didn't have much success against Placer.

Ceres High lost all but two contested bouts.

"We really didn't wrestle to our ability," Nowicki said. "That's what's disappointing. I think the kids were a little tired from the first dual. We definitely came out flat. It should have been a lot closer."

Tony Spinella won by pin (1:39) in the 152-pound division.

Wesley Schwieger won by major decision (14-4) at 103 pounds.

Gabe Balderas, Curtis Hulstine and Keegan Overbey won via forfeit at 112, 125 and 130 pounds.

"They have tough kids in every weight class," said Nowicki, whose team trailed 40-6 before closing the gap. "We have some holes. That's what hurt us."

Ceres High posted a 9-5 record during its 42-21 victory over Center.

Balderas (3:43), Overbey (2:22), Spinella (3:29), Christian Rodriguez (1:31) and Erik Eisenbeis (4:30) won by pin at 103, 130, 152, 145 and 160 pounds, respectively.

Hulstine (9-5 decision, 125 pounds), Schwieger (9-8, 112), Christian Moore (9-5, 160) and Shawn Amirfar (4-2, 140). were victorious by decision.

Lucas Silva lost by decision (9-8, 215) in triple overtime.

"We performed pretty well," Nowicki said.

Ceres High, Oakdale, Central Valley, Sonora, East Union, Sierra, Manteca, Lathrop and Weston Ranch will participate in the Valley Oak League championships this Saturday at Weston Ranch High School.

The top four individuals in each weight class advance to divisionals. The Bulldogs sent 10 last season, including two alternates.

"We definitely should improve on that this year," Nowicki said.