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CHS hosting VOL tourney
Ceres High has been selected as the host site for the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships.

More than 100 grapplers from eight different schools will try to extend their careers and seasons this Saturday at Phil de la Porte Gym. In order to do that, they must place in the top four in their respective weight classes.

"We should have a good amount of kids going to divisionals," Bulldogs head coach Jon Nowicki said.

Ceres High's lineup will consist of Brian Naylor (103 pounds), Curtis Hulstine (112 pounds), Keegan Overbey (125), Rigo Guerra (130), Dustin Espinoza (135), Erik Eisenbeis (140), Tony Spinella (145), Tony Chavez (152), Steven Chavez (171/189) and Jess Gilmore (215).

"Tony and Steven are both looking real strong," Nowicki said.

Crosstown rival Central Valley will be led by Justin Lomeli (112), Mike Tubera (119), Victor Tubera (140), Louis Bracamonte (152), Carlos Gonzalez (160) and Anthony Martinez (171).

"I really expect those guys to advance," Hawks head coach Joe Stewart said. "They won most of their dual meet matches."

Avi Garcia (215) and Stephen Wade (285) will also compete for Central Valley.

As for the team standings, expect to see Sonora and Oakdale at the top.

The Wildcats captured team section and conference dual meet titles earlier this month. The Mustangs had to settle for runner-up honors twice.

Sonora has a solid lineup from top to bottom: Zach Walker-Lopez (103), Shawn Betzenderfer (112), Adam Hammerbeck (125), David Lane (130), Curtis Duncan (135), Seth Massengale (152), Matt Skinner (160), Anthony Woodward (171), Scot Pittman (189) and Jeff Coats (285). Duncan ranks sixth in the section.

"They're fun to watch," Stewart said.

Oakdale has three of the top wrestlers in the state in No. 1 Rudi Burtschi (215), No. 4 Trevor Machado-Ching (140) and No. 8 Shane Tate (112).

"Our goal is to place third," Nowicki said. "I think we have the talent to do that."

Added Stewart: "It's pretty wide open after the top two.

The VOL meet will get underway at 9 a.m.