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Ceres High tournament returns after year hiatus
Ceres High has one of the longest-running wrestling tournaments in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Head coach Jon Nowicki had to cancel last year's event due to a scheduling conflict.

"It was disappointing because it's something that we always do," he said. "My dad (former Bulldogs coach Glenn Nowicki) ran the Ceres tournament for 17 years."

After a year hiatus, the Ceres Invitational returns this Saturday.

The 43rd edition of the tournament will be held at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Matches will begin at 9 a.m.

The top three teams receive trophies.

Individual medals will be awarded to first- through sixth-place finishers.

MVP awards will be given to upper- and lower-weight wrestlers.

"We always knew it was going to be held this year," Jon said. "I'm really happy."

A total of 18 schools from four different sections will compete at the event, including Ceres High, Central Valley, Hughson, Modesto High, Johansen, Central Catholic, Livermore, Bear Creek, Golden Sierra, Lincoln, River Valley, Rocklin, Scotts Valley, Caruthers, Exeter, Liberty, Sunnyside and Redwood.

"We have a good amount of teams coming to the tournament," Nowicki said. "I definitely think the hard work paid off. I put a lot of hours into it. We're going to grow from here."

The Bulldogs will be led by Curtis Hulstine (119 pounds), Brian Naylor (125), Keegan Overbey (135), Shawn Amirfar (140), Tony Spinella (160) and Erik Eisenbeis (171).

City-rival Central Valley will be led by Jaime Lomeli (135), Victor Tubera (145) and Avi Garcia (215).