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Bulldogs avenge loss to Hawks
Ceres High's varsity wrestling team rolled to a 51-22 victory over city-rival Central Valley in Valley Oak League dual-meet action last Wednesday.

The lopsided win served as payback against the host Hawks, who edged the Bulldogs 37-33 a season ago.

Ceres High's coaches posted a news clipping from 2008 on a bulletin board inside their training facility for motivation. Curtis Hulstine, Keegan Overbey and their Bulldog teammates were irked.

"Now we don't have to go to practice and look at it," Hulstine said. "It's coming down. It's going in the garbage."

"We had a lot of anger because of what happened last year," Overbey added.

Ceres High led from start to finish during the 2009 clash. The Bulldogs won the first five matches in impressive fashion.

"Everybody stepped up," Hulstine said. "That's the reason why we won."

"We had a lot of momentum," Overbey said. "Curtis' pin got everyone going."

Hulstine pinned Central Valley's Alex Alvarez 45 seconds into the VOL competition's first bout at 119 pounds.

Curtis' 3-0 loss to Justin Lomeli at 112 pounds in 2008 allowed the Hawks to win by the slimmest of margins.

"I redeemed myself and set the pace this year," Hulstine said.

Overbey, Brian Naylor, Nick Moran and Jordan Apodoca were just as dominant.

Naylor pinned Cody Melton 30 seconds into the opening round of their 125-pound tilt.

Moran pinned Nicholas Burris in the second round (2:44) at 130 pounds.

Overbey won by technical fall (17-1) over Jaime Lomeli at 135 pounds. The match was stopped in the second round.

Apodoca's second-round pin (3:42) against Gilbert Soares at 140 pounds gave the Bulldogs a 29-0 lead. Jordan battled back from a 6-1 deficit.

Ceres High's Christian Rodriguez, Christian Moore, Diego Garcia, Albert Melendez and Wesley Schwieger were also victorious.

Rodriguez earned a major decision (20-12) over Vince Lopez at 152 pounds. Tied at 4-all, Christian outscored Vince 16-8 over the final two rounds.

Moore edged Juan Peral 5-4 at 160 pounds.

Garcia appeared on his way to a loss before scoring on a reversal in the closing seconds to defeat Evan Elliot by decision (5-4) at 189 pounds.

Melendez won by pin in the first round (1:32) over Brian Creek in the heavyweight division.

Schwieger won by technical fall (17-1) over Rose Moore at 103 pounds. Moore, one of the five girls on Central Valley's wrestling team, avoided being pinned late in the third round.

Victor Tubera, Timmy Henley, Josh Beckhart and Matt Kitavong collected wins for the Hawks.

Central Valley got on the scoreboard for the first time when Tubera defeated Ceres High's Shawn Amirfar by major decision (8-0) at 145 pounds.

Ahead 8-1, Henley won by pin over Ruldip Jammu with 28.3 seconds remaining in the first period.

Beckhart pinned Nick Serratos in the second period (3:11) at 215 pounds.

Kitavong won by forfeit at 112 pounds.

The Bulldogs took a great deal of satisfaction in slaughtering the Hawks.

"I thought it was going to be closer," Overbey said. "I can't stop smiling."

"I had a feeling we were going to lose," said Tubera, Central Valley's team captain. "We were major underdogs. They have a lot more experience. They were the better team tonight."

Ceres High improved to 3-3 in the VOL. The Hawks dropped to 0-5 in the conference standings.