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CHS finishes second at Western Athletic Conference meet
Ceres High School's varsity wrestling program experienced individual and team success while competing at the Western Athletic Conference championships this past weekend in Ceres.

The Bulldogs racked up 161.5 points and edged out host Central Catholic (160.5) for second place at the seven-team event.

Seven of Ceres High's 14 grapplers advanced to the finals, including Gabe Balderas, Nick Moran, Nick Santibanez, David Cisneros, Eric Bejaran, Ruben Sanchez and Rudy Gonzalez.

"That's very impressive," head coach Jon Nowicki said. "A lot of the guys are underclassmen."

Balderas, Moran, Santibanez, Cisneros, Bejaran, Sanchez and Gonzalez will be joined by Bulldog teammates Brandon Christeson, Armando Morales, Ivan Raya and Erick Garcia on Friday when they travel to Weston Ranch High School to vie for Masters berths at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament.

Balderas, Moran, Santibanez, Cisneros, Bejaran, Sanchez, Gonzalez, Christeson, Morales and Raya finished in the top four in their respective weight divisions at the WAC meet.

Balderas and Moran won the 115 and 154 pound crowns, respectively.

Balderas won by technical fall (19-4) over Los Banos' Andrew Cintora in the finals.

Moran beat Los Banos' Marcus Carrillo by decision (8-3) for the championship.

Santibanez (122s), Cisneros (147s), Bejaran (184s), Sanchez (197s) and Gonzalez (222s) had to settle for runner-up honors.

Santibanez lost by decision (8-5) to Patterson's Daniel Cota.

Bejaran lost by pin (0:35) to Central Valley's Adrian Vizcaino.

Sanchez lost by pin (4:49) to Patterson's Dallas Hernandez.

Rudy Gonzalez lost by pin (4:49) to Livingston's Josh Coronado.

Christeson (128s) and Morales (285s) were third.

Raya (172s) was fourth.

Garcia (134s) was fifth. He was named an alternate for Divisionals.