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Ceres wrestlers unbeaten in MMC
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Classmates decorated the walls of the gymnasium with banners and balloons. They waved white t-shirts and cheered.

The Ceres High wrestling team didn't disappoint. The Bulldogs won eight of 14 matches, including six by pin and two by decision, during their 42-30 win over Beyer Wednesday night in Ceres.

"Since I've been wrestling here, we've never beaten Beyer," said Ceres High senior Johnny Bridges. "I think it's awesome."

Down 21-18, the Bulldogs won five of the final seven matches to secure a 12-point victory over the Patriots.

Freshman Louis Bracamonte pinned Joey Boger in the second round (3:10) in the 125-pound weight class.

Marc Dias defeated Cody Corbizer 14-0 at 135 pounds. The sophomore held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first round.

Sophomore Jake Keidel pinned Ernie Garcia in the second round (3:37) at 140 pounds. Sophomore Zack Van Wagoner pinned Matt Wisk in the first round (1:20) at 145 pounds.

At 160 pounds, freshman Steven Chavez defeated John Butterfield 12-2. Chavez held a commanding 10-1 lead heading into the final round.

"I think we wrestled fairly well tonight," said Ceres coach Steve Vieira.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in the Modesto Metro Conference. The Patriots fell to 0-2 in the league standings.

"I'm happy we're 2-0," Vieira said. "It's a good start for us.

"Our tougher matches are coming up. Downey is going to have a pretty good lineup. We have a couple of weeks to get ready for them. If we wrestle good, we got a shot."

Added Bridges: "We want to be league champs. That's our goal."

Ceres won just three of its first seven matches.

Junior Russell Bridges pinned Josh Cullegri-Whit in 59 seconds at 215 pounds.

Sophomore Nathan Niemeyer pinned Matt Warmerdam in 58 seconds at 275 pounds.

Ahead 8-4, Johnny Bridges pinned Tim Huff with 21 seconds remaining in the first round of the 112-pound bout.

"We're pinning machines," Bridges said.

Ceres' Anthony Martinez, Justin Larson, Jason Hardenbergh, Kyle Curry, Tony Chavez and Johnny Apodoca all lost their respective matches.

Ian Hill pinned Martinez in the first round (54 seconds) at 171 pounds.

Ryan Shaw edged Larson 16-10 at 189 pounds.

Michael Ford pinned Hardenbergh in the second round (3:14) at 103 pounds.

Justin Shields pinned Curry in the first round (1:49) at 119 pounds.

Ashton Reeves pinned Chavez in the second round (3:06) at 130 pounds.

Anthony Culbeth edged Apodoca 8-5 at 152 pounds.

Ceres' next dual league meet is at Downey High School on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier