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CHS grapplers secure winning record
Ceres High's varsity wrestling team downed East Union 45-28 on Wednesday in Lathrop.

The victory clinched a winning Valley Oak League dual meet season for the Bulldogs (4-3). Ceres finished 9-3 on the year.

"I couldn't be more proud of my kids right now," head coach Jon Nowicki said. "We've been working really hard in practice. A day like today makes it worthwhile."

Added co-captain Curtis Hulstine: "We earned it."

Ceres High won five of the nine bouts contested, including two by pin and three by decision. The Bulldogs also received 24 points through four forfeits.

"We still would have won," Nowicki said.

Junior Shawn Amirfar secured the team victory and a winning record for Ceres High when he defeated East Union's Parsa Davari 11-4 at 135 pounds.

"I've been doing horrible for the last couple of weeks," he said. "After I lost to (Central Valley's Victor Tubera), I knew I had to step up my game. I left everything out there on the mat. I did it for the team."

Amirfar dropped his previous nine matches.

"He's been in a little bit of a slump," Nowicki said. "The lack of movement he had was the reason he was losing matches. He was more aggressive today. The losses motivated him."

Competing at 112 pounds for the first time this season, Ceres High's Hulstine pinned East Union's D.J. Ortega 24 seconds into the first period.

Curtis placed in multiple tournaments and was undefeated in league at 119 pounds.

"This is where I need to be," Hulstine said. "I still have my natural strength."

At 145 pounds, Christian Rodriguez won via a first-period pin (5:03) over Chuck Mayo. The match was tied at 2-2 at the end of the first round.